WALTER R. JONES, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Walter Jones '21

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: June 3, 1941

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The nature of Walter's loss was known before completing the Lucky Bag research, so no effort was expended to include his entry here.

Loss

From Daily Kennebec Journal on June 4, 1941:

U S Aide in London Dies by Own Hand (Washington) Comm. Walter Raymond Jones, assistant American naval attache and former skipper of presidential yacht Potomac, was reported officially today to have committed suicide. In a brief announcement, the Navy Department said it was without further information on Jones' death, but in London a member of the embassy, said that death came yesterday afternoon in Londonderry, Ireland. Commander Jones, 43, was in command of the yacht Potomac used by President Roosevelt for fishing excursions and weekend cruises on the Potomac river, from 1938 to November 25, 1940. On the latter date he was detached from duty on the White House staff and assigned to London. He took over his duties in the British capital January 16. Jones was a native of Grand Ledge, Mich., and an 1921 graduate of the Naval Academy. The navy said his next of kin was an uncle, J. B. Jones, of Grand Ledge.

Memorial Hall Error

Walter's death, while tragic, is not an operational loss.


Class of 1921

Walter is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 in Memorial Hall.