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Who's buried in John Paul Jones' crypt at the Naval Academy? This isn't a trick question.
Home Town Annapolis ^ | April 16, 2006 | EARL KELLY

Posted on 04/18/2006 6:06:09 AM PDT by robowombat

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1 posted on 04/18/2006 6:06:10 AM PDT by robowombat
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I'd rather not know. They say it's Jones it's Jones.


2 posted on 04/18/2006 6:12:39 AM PDT by bkepley
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In this situation there is nothing that DNA can do for you; you have no reliable evidence for comparison.


3 posted on 04/18/2006 6:19:40 AM PDT by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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"In this situation there is nothing that DNA can do for you; you have no reliable evidence for comparison."

Other than his brother and sister's remains.

4 posted on 04/18/2006 6:24:11 AM PDT by JustRight
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To: robowombat

Jimmy Hoffa?


5 posted on 04/18/2006 6:24:20 AM PDT by scooter2
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But John Wilson, a John Paul Jones interpreter at the Naval Academy, asked the rhetorical question that is in the back of many a mind: "What if it isn't John Paul Jones?"

Well, such revelation would shatter my entire world.

6 posted on 04/18/2006 6:28:34 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Never question Bruce Dickinson!)
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That crypt is a mighty cool looking thing. So if it's not Jones, some schmuck has got himself a first-class resting place.


7 posted on 04/18/2006 6:33:47 AM PDT by XJarhead
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To: scooter2
Jimmy Hoffa?

So who's buried under the endzone at Giants Stadium? ;^)

8 posted on 04/18/2006 6:42:31 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("By the time I'm finished with you, you're gonna wish you felt this good again" - Jack Bauer)
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To: robowombat

I didn't even know the Led Zeppelin bassist was dead. ;)


9 posted on 04/18/2006 6:43:28 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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After the American Revolution, Jones served as a Rear Admiral in the service of Empress Catherine of Russia, but returned to Paris in 1790. He died in Paris at the age of 45 on 18 July 1792. He was buried in St. Louis Cemetery, which belonged to the French royal family. Four years later, France's revolutionary government sold the property and the cemetery was forgotten.


In 1845, Col. John H. Sherburne began a campaign to return Jones' remains to the United States. He wrote Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft and requested the body be brought home aboard a ship of the Mediterrean Squadron. Six years later, preliminary arrangements were made, but the plans fell through when several of Jones' Scottish relatives objected. Had they not, another problem would have arisen. Jones was in an unmarked grave and no one knew exactly where that was.


American Ambassador Horace Porter began a systematic search for it in 1899. The burial place and Jones' body was discovered in April 1905. President Theodore Roosevelt sent four cruisers to bring it back to the U.S., and these ships were escorted up the Chesapeake Bay by seven battleships.


On 26 January 1913, the remains of John Paul Jones were laid to rest in the crypt of the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md. Today, a Marine honor guard stands duty whenever the crypt is open to the public. Public visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.


10 posted on 04/18/2006 6:46:24 AM PDT by kabar
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It's pretty likely that it is Jones, given the care taken in the burial (not usual for that cemetery), the autopsy results, and the overlay.

If it were a question of justice or a crime, it might be worth digging up his brother to see if they can get enough DNA for a match. But, depending on how and where his brother was buried, there may not be any DNA to sample. (Sometimes there's literally nothing left but dust or a "shadow" in the ground, particularly if the soil is acidic.)

Since nobody's committed a crime and the existing evidence tallies, it doesn't seem worth disturbing everybody just on the off chance that the newspapers can have a field day over a possible mistaken identity.

11 posted on 04/18/2006 6:48:26 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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But John Wilson, a John Paul Jones interpreter at the Naval Academy

Huh? He interprets dead people's conversations?

12 posted on 04/18/2006 6:50:03 AM PDT by Eaker (My Wife Rocks! - Travis McGee is my friend.)
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Life of John Paul Jones
13 posted on 04/18/2006 6:50:49 AM PDT by kabar
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"His body lay in an alcohol filled coffin in an unmarked grave in a cemetary for foreign Protestants for over a century." How fitting for a sailor.
14 posted on 04/18/2006 6:53:21 AM PDT by kabar
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To: XJarhead

http://www.basecamp.cnchost.com/jones.htm


15 posted on 04/18/2006 6:55:43 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: kabar

Yup. They kept Lord Nelson in a barrel of rum to take him home after Trafalgar. As a result, the rum ration was known as "Nelson's blood," and sneaking a dram was known as "tapping the Admiral."


16 posted on 04/18/2006 6:56:21 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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Interesting. I wasn't aware of that.


17 posted on 04/18/2006 6:59:25 AM PDT by kabar
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"Nelson's Blood" Flagon
18 posted on 04/18/2006 7:02:13 AM PDT by kabar
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To: robowombat
But John Wilson, a John Paul Jones interpreter

Interpreters "interpret" history to push a political ideology. Basically they interpret things to be, America bad, America's founders bad.
19 posted on 04/18/2006 7:06:19 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer ("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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FYI


20 posted on 04/18/2006 7:07:51 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer ("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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