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Claud Ashton Jones
Birth: Oct. 7, 1885
West Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 8, 1948
Charleston
Kanawha County
West Virginia, USA

Interim Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was serving as Squadron Engineer and as Aide on the Staff of the Commander, Cruiser Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, aboard the USS Memphis when he earned his Medal. His citation reads: For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as a senior engineer officer on board the U.S.S. Memphis, at a time when the vessel was suffering total destruction from a hurricane while anchored off Santo Domingo City, 29 August 1916. Lt. Jones did everything possible to get the engines and boilers ready, and if the elements that burst upon the vessel had delayed for a few minutes, the engines would have saved the vessel. With boilers and steampipes bursting about him in clouds of scalding steam, with thousands of tons of water coming down upon him and in almost complete darkness, Lt. Jones nobly remained at his post as long as the engines would turn over, exhibiting the most supreme unselfish heroism which inspired the officers and men who were with him. When the boilers exploded, Lt. Jones, accompanied by 2 of his shipmates, rushed into the firerooms and drove the men there out, dragging some, carrying others to the engineroom, where there was air to be breathed instead of steam. Lt. Jones' action on this occasion was above and beyond the call of duty. He later rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. The escort ship Claud Jones (DE-1033)was named in his honor.  (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
 
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  Margaret A Cox Jones (1889 - 1967)*
 
 Children:
  Frank Cox Jones (1917 - 2004)*
 
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Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 11 Lot 546-SS
 
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Record added: Sep 18, 2003
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