From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Jones '21

Date of birth: April 22, 1898

Date of death: April 21, 1950

Age: 51

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:


John was lost on April 21, 1950 — one day before his 52nd birthday — when the army transport plane he was aboard crashed near Tokyo.

He was survived by his wife, Dorothea (married 1929), and two sons. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


John was commanding officer of USS Long (DD 209) from June 1937 to September 1939.


From Minter Exchange:

Capt. JONES, was born 22 Apr 1898 at the town of Caledonia, Columbia County, Wisconsin, the son of a farmer. He attended country schools then Portage High School, where he graduated in 1914 when he was only sixteen years of age. He entered the Naval Acadamy in 1917, and graduated in 1920 with rank of Ensign. Later, he attended Harvard University and graduated there in 1932 with a degree of Master of Science and Engineering, Electric Communications. Early in his naval career he served a tour on the first aircraft carrier. He served as executive officer of the destroyer Perry, now a mine sweeper, then was in the bureau of engineering in the Navy Department, then commanded the destroyer Long, now a mine sweeper, until June, 1940, when he reported to the bureau of ships in Washington. Later he was assigned a command at sea as commodore of a destroyer group, in addition to numerous other sea duty posts. Capt. JONES died 21 Apr 1950 in the crash of a C-54 U.S. Army transport plane while it was approaching the airport for a landing at Tokyo, Japan, after completing a flight from Manila, Philippine Islands. At the time Capt. JONES was assigned as chief of staff to Adm. Francis P OLD, Commander of Naval Forces in the Philippines. Capt. JONES was slated to retire in June of that year with rank of Rear Admiral He was buried, subsequently, at Arlington National Cemetary with full military honors on 5 July 1950, with members of his family in attendance.

Wife's Obituary

From Minter Exchange:

Elizabeth GREENWOOD lived at Sulphur Springs, Wichita Falls, Dallas and Houston, all in Texas, before her marriage. She earned a certificate in Domestic Science from King-Smith Studio-School at Washington, DC, in 1928. She was married to a career Navy man, Capt. J. G. JONES, who met an untimely death in the crash of an Army transport plane near Tokyo Japan, in April, 1950, shortly before he was to retire as a Rear Admiral. During W W II Elizabeth volunteered her time and served as a Gray Lady in the American Red Cross, ministering to the men in service who were patients in the various military hospitals in the area. After the end of the war, she joined the Bluebird Circle, a charitable organization that raised money from a resale shop, and from other projects to help the poor. And now in her late eighties, Elizabeth makes her home at Houston, Texas. She has had an interesting life with lots of travel. She has two sons who, themselves, have families living near her. She is very interested in promoting pride of family heritage to her progeny.

Class of 1921

John is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.