John Jones was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1837 and served in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. On 30-31 December 1862, as a member of the crew of USS Rhode Island, he participated in rescue efforts when the ironclad USS Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras. For his conduct during this event, then-Landsman Jones was awarded the Medal of Honor.
This page features our only view of Ordinary Seaman John Jones, USN.
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John Jones, former Ordinary Seaman, USN
Halftone image published in "Deeds of Valor", Volume II, page 40, by the Perrien-Keydel Company, Detroit, 1907.
Ordinary Seaman Jones was awarded the Medal of Honor for his conduct while rescuing crewmen from the sinking USS Monitor, off Cape Hatteras during the night of 30-31 December 1862. He was a member of the crew of USS Rhode Island at the time.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Medal of Honor citation of Landsman John Jones (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 32):
"Served on board the U.S.S. Rhode Island, which was engaged in saving the lives of the officers and crew of the Monitor, 30 December 1862. Participating in the hazardous rescue of the officers and crew of the sinking Monitor, JONES, after rescuing several of the men, became separated in a heavy gale with other members of the cutter that had set out from the Rhode Island, and spent many hours in the small boat at the mercy of the weather and high seas until finally picked up by a schooner 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras."
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