USS Jacob Jones (i) (DD 130)
Destroyer of the Wickes class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||New York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||21 Feb 1918|
|Launched||20 Nov 1918|
|Commissioned||20 Oct 1919|
|Lost||28 Feb 1942|
|Loss position||38° 37'N, 74° 32'W|
Decommissioned at San Diego on 24 June 1922
On the morning of 27 February 1942, USS Jacob Jones (Lt.Cdr. Hugh David Black) departed New York alone to patrol and search the area between Barnegat Light and Five Fathoms Bank. She then received orders to concentrate her patrol activity in waters off Cape May and the Delaware Capes. In the afternoon, the destroyer spotted the burning wreckage of the American steam tanker R.P. Resor, which had been torpedoed by U-578 the same day. The destroyer circled the tanker for two hours, searching for survivors before resuming her southward course. At 1057 hours, on 28 February, USS Jacob Jones was hit by two torpedoes fired by U-578, while proceeding completely blacked out at 15 knots. The first torpedo struck on the port side just aft of the bridge and ignited the ship´s magazine. The explosion completely destroyed the bridge, the chart room and the officer´s and petty officer´s quarters. As the ship stopped, the second torpedo struck on the port side about 40 feet forward of the fantail and carried away the after part of the ship above the keel plates and shafts and destroyed the after crew´s quarters. The ship remained afloat for 45 minutes, allowing about 30 survivors to abandon ship on four or five rafts. But as the ship sank in position 38º37'N, 74º32'W, the unsecured depth charges exploded, killing several survivors on a nearby raft. Some hours later, an US Army observation plane sighted the life rafts and reported their position to USS PE-56 on Inshore Patrol. The patrol craft was forced to abandon her search after three hours, due to strong winds and rising seas. She had picked up 12 survivors, but one of them died en route to Cape May. The search for survivors continued for two days but was fruitless.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the USS Jacob Jones (i)|
Commands listed for USS Jacob Jones (i) (DD 130)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Edward Lender Woodyard, USN||22 Mar 1939||14 Apr 1941|
|2||Hugh David Black, Jr., USN||14 Apr 1941||28 Feb 1942 (+)|
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