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Jones John Paul

Monuments

John Paul Jones Plaque

 

Name:
John Paul Jones
Rank:
Captain
Serial Number:
Unit:
United States Navy
Date of Death:
1792-07-18
State:
Virginia
Cemetery:
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Plot:
Row:
Grave:
Decoration:
Institution du Mérite MilitaireCongressional Gold MedalOrder of St. Ann
Comments:

Born July 6, 1747 in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, was a sailor and the United States' first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War. Although he made enemies among America's political elites, his actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day. During his engagement with HMS Serapis, Jones uttered, according to the later recollection of his first lieutenant, the legendary reply to a taunt about surrender from the British captain: "I have not yet begun to fight!" John Paul Jones died in Paris and was buried in Saint Louis Cemetery which was sold and forgotten, later used as a garden. His lead coffin was later discovered and taken back to the U.S. to his final resting place at the United States Navel Academy.