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Jonas Howard Ingram

Date of birth: October 15, 1887
Date of death: September 10, 1952
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Indiana, Jeffersonville
Home of record: Jeffersonville Indiana

Jonas Ingram graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1907. He served in World War I and World War II. Retiring from active duty as Admiral on April 1, 1947, after 44 years of service, Ingram was named commissioner of the All-America Football Conference. Serving until resigning in 1949, he went on to serve as a vice president for the Reynolds Metal Company.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Dominican Republic Occupation

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Jonas Howard Ingram (NSN: 0-6587), United States Navy, for distinguished conduct in battle during the engagement of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 22 April 1914. During the second day's fighting the service performed by Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Ingram 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.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 177 (December 4, 1915)

Action Date: April 22, 1914

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Battalion: Arkansas Battalion

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Jonas Howard Ingram (NSN: 0-6587), United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Flag Lieutenant on the staff of the Commander of Division Nine, U. S. Atlantic Fleet, which operated with the British Grand Fleet as the 6th Battle Squadron.

Action Date: World War I

Service: Navy

Company: Flag Lieutenant

Regiment: Division 9

Division: Atlantic Fleet

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Vice Admiral [then Rear Admiral] Jonas Howard Ingram (NSN: 0-6587), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States while serving successively as Commander Task Force THREE, Commander Task Force TWENTY-THREE, and Commander FOURTH Fleet and South Atlantic Forces of the United States Atlantic Fleet from July 1941 until 1 January 1944. During the period of uncertain and rapidly changing conditions prior to and closely following our declaration of war against the Axis powers, Vice Admiral Ingram, while in command of Task Force THREE and later of Task Force TWENTY-THREE, developed and placed in operation comprehensive and effective plans for combating and ultimately destroying enemy forces in the vitally important and then relatively unprotected South Atlantic Area. His conception and execution of these plans required and demonstrated sound judgment, notable initiative and tact, and tireless energy. Faced with problems, often complicated by delicate political situations, involving lengthy and exposed supply lines, inadequate facilities, and limited equipment, supplies and personnel, his resourceful and resolute and inspired leadership enabled his forces signally to defeat enemy thrusts against Allied commerce in the South Atlantic. Vice Admiral Ingram as Commander FOURTH Fleet and South Atlantic Force, commanding the combined United Nations' Forces in the South Atlantic Area in the same outstanding manner, promptly organized and administered an effective convoy and shipping control service, planned and supervised the acquisition and development of naval and air bases to serve his expanding forces, and directed his aggressive and tenacious forces in the series of brilliantly executed combined sea and air operations which resulted I the destruction of numerous enemy submarines and surface ships endeavoring to operate in or to transit the area under his command, and in the maintenance of secure sea communications. These accomplishments have contributed materially to Allied success in the prosecution of the war. The outstanding accomplishments of Vice Admiral Ingram in his performance of duty as Commander FOURTH Fleet and South Atlantic Forces reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Atlantic: Serial 1923 (March 19, 1944)

Action Date: July 1941 - January 1, 1944

Service: Navy

Rank: Vice Admiral

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Admiral Jonas Howard Ingram (NSN: 0-6587), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commander FOURTH Fleet and South Atlantic Forces of the United States Atlantic Fleet from January to November 1944. Admiral Ingram displayed the highest qualities of initiative and leadership in the direction of the war against enemy submarine and surface forces acting in the South Atlantic Area. Oftentimes with inadequate facilities, limited supplies and personnel, and long exposed supply lines he employed the resources and facilities available to him with resolution and determination and consistently displayed inspiring leadership. Faced with complicated and delicate political situations, he employed tact and understanding to an outstanding degree. By these accomplishments he was, to a large degree, responsible for the successful prosecution of the war in the South Atlantic Area.

General Orders: Serial 9044 (November 22, 1944)

Action Date: January - November 1944

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Admiral Jonas Howard Ingram (NSN: 0-6587), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as the Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet from November 1944 to September 1945. With the highest qualities of sound and reasoned judgment, resourcefulness, and initiative, Admiral Ingram, with unqualified success, took a major part in the flow of United States troops and their supplies across the Atlantic during the latter phases of World War II. With outstanding professional skill and daring strategy, he directed the forces of the Atlantic Fleet in the successful combating of the German submarine menace. The establishment and operation of numerous training activities within the Atlantic Fleet were effected in an expeditious and successful manner. With sound decisions and driving energy, the logistic support of all United States Naval Forces under his command was successfully accomplished. In his distinguished service, Admiral Ingram displayed those qualities of broad vision, superior professional knowledge and unlimited energy essential to successful command in war, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Chief of Naval Operations: Serial 372POO (December 14, 1945)

Action Date: November 1944 - September 1945

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral