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 Herbert Charpiot Jones

Herbert Charpiot Jones

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 7 Dec 1941 (aged 23)
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Plot Section G Grave 76
Memorial ID 9734 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve, was commissioned Ensign on November 14, 1940 and reported to the battleship USS California at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 2 weeks later. On December 7, 1941, he was about to relieve the officer of the deck on battleship, when Japanese planes swooped in to attack. In the first wave a torpedo and a bomb hit the ship, Ensign Jones went into a smoke-filled hatchway, crawled along the oil slick decks to rescue a stricken sailor before being temporarily overcome by fumes. He then saw an antiaircraft battery without a leader and took command. As a second wave of Japanese planes came in, he fired his guns until all their ammunition was expended. He quickly organized a party of volunteers to go below and pass the ammunition up by hand, the needed shells had just begun to reach the battery when a bomb hit the ship mortally wounding Ensign Jones. In posthumously awarding him the Medal of Honor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt cited him for "conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and complete disregard of his own life above and beyond the call of duty".

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 3 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9734
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Herbert Charpiot Jones (21 Jan 1918–7 Dec 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9734, citing Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .