Hilary Pollard Jones – Admiral, United States Navy

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Hilary Pollard Jones, Jr. (14 November 1863–1 January 1938) was an officer in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War and World War I. During the early 1920s, he served as Commander in Chief, United States Fleet.

Born in Hanover County, Virginia, Jones graduated from the Naval Academy in 1884. He was the son of Hilary Pollard Jones, who commanded an artillery battalion in the Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War. As a young Ensign, Jones was commended for his bravery and skill in helping to save Nipsic from sinking during the great Samoan hurricane of 1889.

During the Spanish-American War Jones served in Dorothea on patrol duty off Cuba. In the next years he sailed in various ships of the fleet, rising to command the battleship Rhode Island in 1912. In 1913 he commanded the Washington Navy Yard.

During World War I he commanded patrol units and later a division of the Transport Force. He received the Distinguished Service Medal for his outstanding service.

Following the war Admiral Jones had important commands at sea, culminating in 1922 in the post of Commander in Chief, United States Fleet. In 1923 he left this duty to join the General Board.

Admiral Jones retired in 1927 but served as naval advisor at the Geneva Disarmament Conference and the London Naval Conference of 1930. A prominent member of the Society of the Cincinnati, Admiral Jones died 1 January 1938.

The destroyer USS Hilary P. Jones was named for him.

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JONES, HILARY POLLARD

  • ADMIRAL US NAVY
  • DATE OF DEATH: 01/01/1938
  • BURIED AT: SECTION SOUTH  SITE 2137-C
  • ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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