Friday, April 3, 2009
Annapolis, Maryland: John Paul Jones' Crypt
While the U.S. Naval Academy is in a beautiful setting and well-maintained, as you'd expect, the number of tourist attractions is a little limited. The Freedom 7 spacecraft from the Mercury program is one; this is another.
John Paul Jones is considered America's first naval hero. He led several different boats for the Revolutionary forces during the war, and did quite well. He also had problems with authority, according to the biographies.
Jones' remains were brought to the Naval Academy chapel in 1913 after spending more than a century in an obscure location in Paris. This is much more appropriate.