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USS Claud Jones DE-1033

USS Claud Jones (DE-1033) was launched 27 May 1958 by Avondale Marine Ways, Avondale, Louisiana, sponsored by Mrs. M. R. J. Wyllie; and commissioned 10 February 1959, Lieutenant Commander W. M. Cone in command. The ship was named for Claud Ashton Jones.

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Comment by Robert C. Mooney on April 4, 2013 at 10:19pm

I know and I was not real sure about that little wire hoist cable I came down on frm the helo. also the mail came in with me, hated the carrier dide that pig boat was the only ship I ever had a little sea sickness.  I was fine as soon as I got on board the Jones she rode the waves. Thank you for bringing me down.

Comment by Mark A Weber on April 4, 2013 at 10:08pm

Well Bob,  I was the Deck Division, Paddle Guy, that brought the Helo to "Hover" over the we were NOT big enough to have that big "Gruman" Helo touch down.


The Helo's Props were only about two feet from "meeting the Aft Communications Attenna".


Comment by Robert C. Mooney on April 4, 2013 at 9:36pm

I served aboard the Claude Jones #1 engine room from September 1972 to Febuary 1973 when I reenlisted in the bilges of #1 engin room. I came aboard in the Gulf of Tonkin from the USS Saratoga via mail helo.

Comment by Mark A Weber on August 23, 2012 at 12:38pm

Bob, WHAT is the most direct e-mail address to contact you??


I have gotten from a USS McMorris sailor (actually their webmaster, online) a GREAT photo for Reproduction of "Huakai Alii"  Our Escort Squadron One Emblem which was on the side of our whole Squadron of ships, for around 5 years.   I would like to start to offier it as a patch to our sailors, as I did a few years ago, which the Claud Jones Crest and DesFlot 5 Crests. Thanks.

Comment by Mark A Weber on August 23, 2012 at 12:34pm

I had been aboard about three weeks, when her Kayak was spotted floating off of closer to the mouth of Pearl Harbor, than Waikiki.  And I was part of the deck crew that rescued it. It was BM2 Brown who led the rescue And repair of the holed craft, which was barely visible in the water. Also was there when part of her bikini And rebuilt kayak was presented back to her, aboard ship.

Comment by Robert John Friedhaber on August 23, 2012 at 7:15am
Received Monday, 6/4/12, 8:27 PM
Missing Bikini...I am that Lois Maertz.. the story is correct with one exception, I did not loose any part of my Bikini. I am still here enjoying kayaking to this day, but not in the ocean, only rivers....Thank you for the memories posted on your site and the restoration of the "Yak".
Comment by Robert John Friedhaber on August 23, 2012 at 7:11am
2nd story
The men of the USS Claud Jones, a destroyer escort based at Pearl Harbor, have rescued a derelict kayak and are looking for thhhhe gold bikini top to go with it.
Half a dozen sailors spotted the kayak (a plastic-covered paddle canoe) on the high seas Wednesday about 2 miles off Ewa Beach.
" Hey, I'll bet that's the kayak lost by the girl who was picked  up without her bikini top," said the lookout on the bridge. " If we take it back, maybe we can get her phone number."
The topless wahline who lost the kayak in her ill-fated voyage off Waikiki Beach is Lois Maertza, cocktail waitress.
"HEY THAT'S NEAT!" she said yesterday on learning that the Claud Jones has rescued he  battered, red and white ocean-crosing kayak. " My roommate uses it a lot and she's really mad at me for losing it."
When told that the crew of the Claud Jones wants to return the kayak on Saturday, she commented  nautically, "Far out!"
Skipper Dick Christian of the Claud Jones said his crew was practicing precision anchor drill when they spotted the kayak.
"This is the first time in my 12 year naval career that I've ever rescued another vessel," said Christian. "It was floating mostly submerged with only about a foot of one end sticking out of the water."
Christian said his alert crew immediately recognized the significance of their find.
"Some of them had read the paper the day before about the girl in the kayak off Waikiki Beach who lost her bikini top," he said. " at that piont, there was quite a bit of interest in spotting the gold bikini top."
A thorough search proved fruitless, Christian said.
He said the kayak was spotted off the port bow of the destroyer. After completing an anchor drill, Christian ordered the ship to back up alng their find.
The skipper gave no impression that he had no problem find volunteers to help save the kayak.
"We didn't put anybody inthe water but there were quite a few men involved in the rescue." he said. " We snagged the kayak with a grappling hook and walked it  to  the stern where the freeboard is low.
The kayak had a couple of holes in it and needed a paint job, Christian said.
"Of course, we can't be absolutely certain that it belongs to the girl who is missing her bikini top," he said. " If it does belong to her, we'd like to return it on Saturday."
Just in case, Christian said, two willing bosenmates have been working since Wednesday patching the holes and putting a new coat of paint on the kayak.
Comment by Robert John Friedhaber on August 23, 2012 at 7:08am
First story
The Navy had a temporary new recruit when Miss Lois Maertz joined the officers and men of the USS Claud Jones (DE 1033). for a special presentation.
Miss Maertz was presented a 12-foot, blue and gold kayak, and a bright yellow bikini by the ship's crew, thus ending the saga of the renegade kayak and a lost bikini top.
The kayak is the same one on which Miss Maertz went paddling recently, in the beautiful surf of Waikiki. She soon found herself being carried to sea by strong ocean currents.
She told of trying to paddle the craft back to Waikiki with little success and finally of being dumped into the water when a large wave struck. The kayak got away, and Lois began swimming toward the beach.
Picked up an hour and a half later by a Japanese fishing boat, she found, much to the delight of the crew, that she was 'topless'. Seems her gold bikini top had been lifted by the sea.
The mystery of the renegade kayak was solved when crewmen of the destroyer escort Claud Jones recovered the 12-foot red kayak adrift off Ewa Beach.
The Jones' crew was involved in exercises off' Ewa Beach, when one of the ship's lookouts, BMSA J.J. Martin, spotted what he described as a "diamond-like, red, bobbing buoy."
The Claud Jones' commanding officer, LCdr. R. A. Christian, saw the object about the same time and ordered the ship alongside. "We maneuvered about 15 minutes," he said, "to recover the kayak."
As far as the Navy was concerned, the kayak was "salvage". having been found a mile and a half off shore. But LCdr. Christian recalled reading of Miss Maertz's experience in the local paper and began trying to locate her to identify and reclaim the craft.
The Kayak was repaired and refiberglassed by volunteers in the crew, and painted blue and gold (Navy colors, naturally). and presented to Miss Maertz.
Comment by Robert John Friedhaber on May 16, 2012 at 8:02pm
Came aboard in key west 1966, took the ship to Pearl Harbor , left in June 1967
Comment by Robert John Friedhaber on April 4, 2012 at 6:14am
I do seem to be everywhere, don't I

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