John Paul Jones Crypt

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John Paul (Jones)

Here’s something I bet you didn’t know, John Paul Jones’ real name was just John Paul and he added the Jones later. The crypt of John Paul Jones, who kept the British navy at bay practically one-handed and espoused the creation of a national, trained navy, is in the chapel at the United States Naval Academy. Jones fit a lot of stuff into a life which spanned only 45 years. He was born in Scotland, joined the navy when he was 14, emigrated to the colonies, and rose quickly through the ranks. He must have been an incredible naval tactician because he was able to defeat much more heavily armed British ships. After his stint with the fledgling U.S. Navy, he was a highly ranked and decorated officer with 4 other countries. He died and was laid in an unknown grave in Paris where he was later discovered and brought back to the U.S. in the late 19th century.

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