John Paul Jones Memorial

John Paul Jones Memorial (HMBMO)

Location: Washington, DC 20006
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.31', W 77° 2.354'

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National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

"Every officer in our navy should know by heart the deeds of John Paul Jones," President Theodore Roosevelt.

The American Revolution

[Portrait of] John Paul Jones, 1747-1742

A bold captain—fearless even when facing the superior British Royal Navy—John Paul Jones ensured his place in American memory.
Jones, a recent Scottish immigrant, readily accepted an appointment in the new Continental Navy following the start of the American Revolution. He captained several ships during the war and became a celebrated hero. Jones' voyage to fame became a familiar story to immigrants who succeeded through personal achievement instead of inherited right of birth.

In 1779 while captaining the Bonhomme Richard, Jones captured the H.M.S. Serapis during a spectacular and bloody engagement fought within view of the British shore. Dubbed "the pirate, Paul Jones," Jones's exploits reminded British citizens they were not immune from the effects of war. Perhaps Jones' greatest contribution toward American independence was that he became a hero precisely when the cause needed one.

The Memorial

On April 17, 1912, President William Howard Taft dedicated this memorial. Jones is depicted standing defiantly upon the deck of the Bonhomme Richard during battle and is surrounded by nautical symbols and fountains. Jones' memorial honors someone who exemplified bravery, heroism, and devotion to duty in the face of overwhelming odds.

[The marker's background painting is a depiction of "Action Between the Serapis and Bonhomme Richard" by Richard Paton, published 1780.]
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 12:39am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323134 N 4306379
Decimal Degrees38.88850000, -77.03923333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.31', W 77° 2.354'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 18.60" N, 77° 2' 21.24" W
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Area Code(s)202, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 618 17th St SW, Washington DC 20006, US
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