Commissioned as the sixth FORREST SHERMAN - class destroyer, the JONAS INGRAM was the first ship in the Navy named after Admiral Jonas Howard Ingram. In the mid-1960s, eight of the FORREST SHERMAN - class destroyers were chosen to receive an anti-submarine warfare capability upgrade which included the replacement of one of the Mk-42 5-inch guns with a Mk-16 ASROC missile launcher. The ships that underwent the conversion then formed the BARRY - class.
USS JONAS INGRAM was decommissioned after more than 25 years of service on March 4, 1983. She was stricken from the Navy list on June 15, 1983, and on July 23, 1988, the destroyer was finally disposed of as a target.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: February 3, 1954|
|Keel laid: June 15, 1955|
|Launched: August 7, 1956|
|Commissioned: July 19, 1957|
|Decommissioned: March 4, 1983|
|Builder: Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass.|
|Propulsion system: four-1200 lb. boilers; two steam turbines; two shafts|
|Length: 418.3 feet (127.5 meters)|
|Beam: 45,3 feet (13.8 meters)|
|Draft: 22 feet (6.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 4,000 tons full load|
|Speed: 32+ knots|
|Armament: two Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber guns, Mk-32 ASW torpedo tubes (two triple mounts), one Mk-16 ASROC missile launcher|
|Crew: 17 officers, 287 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS JONAS INGRAM. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Name:
Jonas Howard Ingram, born in Jeffersonville, Ind., 15 October 1886, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1907. Before World War I he served in several cruisers, destroyers, and battleships. As turret officer of ARKANSAS (BB 33), he established a world's record for firing 12-inch guns. On 22 April 1914 he landed at Vera Cruz, Mexico with the ARKANSAS battalion and was awarded the Medal of Honor for "skillful and efficient handling of the artillery and machine guns and for distinguished conduct in battle."
Ingram served at the Naval Academy from 1915 to 1917. During World War I he was on the staff of the Commander, Division 9, Atlantic Fleet, and received the Navy Cross for distinguished service.
Between the wars outstanding performance in a variety of important assignments won him promotion to Rear Admiral 10 January 1941. In February 1942 he received a third star upon assuming command of Cruiser Division 2. Seven months later he took command of the 4th Fleet and was responsible for protecting vital Allied shipping in the U-boat infested South Atlantic. He received the Distinguished Service Medal for excellent work in this post and on 15 November 1944 became Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet with the rank of Admiral. This post won him a gold star in lieu of a second Distinguished Service Medal for taking "a major part in the flow of United States troops across the Atlantic...and in the successful combating of the German submarine menace." Retiring from active duty 1 April 1947, Admiral Ingram died 9 September 1952 at San Diego.
USS JONAS INGRAM Image Gallery:
The photo below shows the JONAS INGRAM being sunk as a target on July 23, 1988, during the Navy's first ADCAP torpedo Sinkex.