Ingram, Jonas Howard, ADM

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111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Line Officer
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1944-1946, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
Service Years
1907 - 1947

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Home Town
Last Address
San Diego, California

Date of Passing
Sep 09, 1952
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 30, Grave 643-RH

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Ingram was named commissioner of the All-America Football Conference. Serving until resigning in 1949, Ingram went on to serve as a vice president for the Reynolds Metal Company.

In August 1952, he suffered a heart attack while serving as the superintendent of summer schools at Culver Academies, then was stricken again with another attack on September 9th, while at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. He died the following evening.

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                            U.S.S. Jonas Ingram (DD-938)
USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938), named for Admiral Jonas H. Ingram USN (1886-1952), awarded the Medal of Honor when a Lieutenant (junior grade) for his actions during the engagement of Vera Cruz on 22 April 1914, was a Forrest Sherman class destroyer laid down by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation at Quincy in Massachusetts on 15 June 1955, launched on 7 August 1956 by Mrs. Lawrence Hays, Jr., daughter of Admiral Ingram and commissioned on 19 July 1957 at Boston Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. G. L. Rawlings in command. USS Jonas Ingram was decommissioned on 4 March 1983, stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 June 1983 and sunk as a target on 23 July 1988.

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        Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy. Born: 15 October 1886, Jeffersonville, Ind. Accredited to: Indiana. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915.


For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914. During the second day's fighting the service performed by him was eminent and conspicuous. He was conspicuous for skillful and efficient handling of the artillery and machineguns of the Arkansas battalion, for which he was specially commended in reports.

         Additional Awards

Navy Cross, Distinquished Service Medal with two Gold Stars; Purple Heart (for wounds received during an encounter with a German submarine "wolf-pack" in 1942); Mexican Service Medal; World War I Victory Medal with Grand Fleet Clasp; American Defense Service Medal with Bronze "A"; American Campaign Medal; Euopean-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.

Admiral Ingram also held the following foreign decorations: Order of the Southern Cross (Brazil); Grand Officer of the Order of Merit (Brazil); Naval Distinquished Service Medal (Brazil); Air Medal, Degree of Grand Officer (Brazil); Order of Leopold II (Belgium); and Knight Commander of the British Empire (Great Britain).

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September 1942 as Commander South Atlantic Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, with the rank of Vice Admiral. This force, with headquarters in Brazil, guarded shipping in the coastal waters south of the Equator and throughout the United States zone of responsibility in the South Atlantic. Admiral Ingram's command included air and surface units of Brazil which were brought to a high state of efficiency through his leadership and coordinating efforts. The ability to develop and maintain harmony and close cooperation with Brazilian naval forces contributed to the control of the South Atlantic achieced by the Allies. He assumed personal responsibility for properly equipping and training the Brazilian Navy and for their combat operations against U-Boats and German raiders and later for the important task of maintaining the air and sea rescue patrol for ultimate deployment in the Pacific. For his services in these important commands, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and a Gold Star in lieu of a second.

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Bryant, Carleton, VADM, (1914-1946) Rear Admiral Upper Half
SWANSON, Dr. Clifford, RADM, (1925-1952) Captain
Commander, Cruisers, Atlantic Fleet

Thebaud, Leo Hewlett, VADM, (1913-1952) OFF 000X Captain
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REICHMUTH, Ferdinand, VADM, (1906-1946) Vice Admiral
Deyo, Morton Lindholm, VADM, (1911-1949) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Melson, Charles, VADM, (1927-1966) Commander
Kinney, Sheldon, RADM, (1935-1972) Lieutenant
WOIDYLA, Frank, LCDR, (1942-1971) Seaman 1st Class
Carpender, Arthur Schuyler, ADM, (1908-1946) OFF 000X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Hall, John Lesslie, ADM, (1913-1953) OFF 000X Captain
Commander, Mine and Minesweeping Division, Atlantic Fleet

WHITCOMB, Jon, LT, (1944-1945) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Commander, Special Service Squadron

WHITEMARSH, Ross Palmer, RADM, (1918-1949) OFF 111X Captain
Commander, Squadron 1, Patrol Force

Claudius, Herbert, CAPT, (1930-1963) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Naval Air Forces Atlantic Fleet

Martin, Harold Montgomery, ADM, (1918-1956) Captain
Montgomery, Alfred Eugene, VADM, (1912-1951) Captain
Sprague, Thomas Lamison, VADM, (1917-1952) OFF 132X Captain
NIBALI, SIDNEY, PO1, (1942-1945) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class

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