Commander Jones first enlisted in the U.S. Army
reserve in 1959 while in his last year at Drake University where he graduated with a
degree in Finance and Accounting. In 1960 he transferred to the Naval Reserve and accepted
an appointment to Officer Candidate School in Newport. He graduated and was commissioned
Ensign in October, 1960 and reported to his first duty station, USS BRADFORD (DD-545) as
DCA and Electrical Officer. Bradford was transferred to the Greek Navy in 1961 and he then
attended CRUDESPAC Engineering Officer School and was assigned to the USS FRANK E. EVANS
(DD-754) as Engineering Officer. In 1963 he was assigned as Executive Officer of USS
PLEDGE (MSO-492) followed by a tour as Commanding Officer of USS MAHOPAC (ATA-196) from
October 1964 until October 1966. A tour in BUPERS followed then he received his Masters
Degree at Monterey in Management. Following PG School he was assigned as Commanding
Officer of USS GALLANT (MSO-489) until 1972 when he was ordered to BERKELEY. After his
tour as C.O. of BERKELEY, from October 1972 until April 1974, he was assigned again to BUPERS and then a tour at ICAF from 1977
until 1978. His last tour, prior to retiring for health reasons in May 1980, was on the
staff of the Navy Secretariat in the Manpower Division.
After retiring, Commander Jones returned to Lebanon, Indiana and became involved with the family manufacturing business and in 1986 became the President and CEO. He retired once again in 1992 when he sold the business. He is now involved with a number of activities and is executive secretary for two fraternal organizations and is an elder in his church. CDR Jones and his wife Nancy still reside in Lebanon.