Jones, Ernest L.
Ernest Larkin Jones was born on 30 January 1880 in Kansas. He joined the Navy in late 1902 and served as an enlisted man until January 1913, when he became a warrant officer. Boatswain Jones served in the battleship Virginia until late 1915, then began duty with the Receiving Ship at Boston, Massachusetts. In September 1916 he was assigned to the Boston Navy Yard, where he remained for more than a year. The latter part of his time there was spent helping to prepare the transport Madawaska for trans-Atlantic troop-carrying service.
While at Boston, Boatswain Jones received a temporary commission in the rank of Ensign, advancing to Lieutenant in August 1918. Following a brief session at the Newport, Rhode Island, Torpedo School, he was stationed for nearly two years with the Second Naval District, including duty at the New London Naval Station, Connecticut. In November 1919 he moved south to the Fifth Naval District and in March 1920 took command of the tug Conestoga. Lieutenant Ernest L. Jones was still her Commanding Officer when she departed San Diego, California, on 25 March 1921, bound for Samoa. Neither he, nor his ship and the rest of her complement were ever seen again.
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