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World War II - U.S. Naval Reserve

Herbert Charpoit Jones

  • Rank: Ensign
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. California
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Naval Reserve
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 7, 1941
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, USA

For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage, and complete disregard of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. Ens. Jones organized and led a party which was supplying ammunition to the antiaircraft battery of the U.S.S. California after the mechanical hoists were put out of action, when he was fatally wounded by a bomb explosion. When two men attempted to take him from the area which was on fire, he refused to let them do so, saying in words to the effect, "Leave me alone! I am done for. Get out of here before the magazines go off."

Medal of Honor Recipient Herbert C. Jones
Medal of Honor Recipient Herbert C. Jones
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: California
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: December 1, 1918, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA, United States
  • Died: December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Territory)
  • Buried: Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (MH) (G-7G), San Diego, CA, United States

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