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THE JOUETT HERITAGE JAMES EDWARD JOUETT was born 7 February 1826 near Lexington, Kentucky. He was the son of the celebrated painter Matthew Harris Jouett, and Margaret Henderson Allen. He was appointed Midshipman 10 September 1841. In the so called " Berribee War " on the coast of Liberia in 1843, he served in DECATUR in the squadron under Matthew C. Perry. He was on the east coast of Mexico in JOHN ADAMS during the Mexican War, being one of those landed to defend Point Isabel. After a year at the new Naval School at Annapolis, he was passed midshipman and sent to the Mediterranean in ST. LAWRENCE. He later cruised the Pacific in LEXINGTON and ST. MARYS. During 1858-1859 he was a lieutenant on board steamer M. W. CHAPIN in the Paraguay Expedition. Jouett was captured by Confederates at Pensacola on the outbreak of the Civil War. He escaped and joined the Union blockade at Galveston where he distinguished himself the night of 7 November 1861. Leading a boat expedition from SANTEE, he captured the Confederate crew of the armed schooner ROYAL YACHT. Though wounded several times in hand-to-hand combat, he brought off the crew as prisoners and burned the Confederate schooner. For this action he received a letter of commenda- tion. He was given command of METACOMET, one of the fastest gunboats in Farragut ' s squadron. In the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, Farragut ' s flagship Hartford and METACOMET were lashed together. At the critical moment, Farragut, in the port shroud of HARTFORD, gave his historic command, " Damn the torpedoes! Four bells! Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed! " A little later METACOMET was sent after Confederate gunboats. By fast pursuit and skillful navigation in hazardous shoal water, Jouett riddled gunboats GAINES and captured SELMA. His dashing exploits won praise from Farragut and Jouett was advanced thirty numbers in rank for heroism in battle. After varied service ashore and afloat, Jouett took command of the North Atlantic Squadron in 1884. During this duty he is credited with inaugurating the custom of all hands saluting the colors when they are raised or lowered. In 1889 he commanded a naval force of eight ships and 1,648 men sent to re-open transit, across the Isthmus of Panama, that had been interrupted by revolt against Columbia. Through vigorous measures he established free passage for trains of the Panama railroad and thus brought about failure of the insurrection. Rear Admiral Jouett retired in 1890 and was voted full pay for life under an Act of Congress. After a short stay in Orlando, Florida, he spent his remaining years near Sandy Springs, Maryland in a house he named " Anchorage. " He died 30 September 1902 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.
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USS JOUETT (DLG-29) was commis- sioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, on December 3, 1966, under the command of Captain Robert S. Hayes. JOUETT has an overall length of 547 feet; beam 54 feet 9 inches, and displaces 7900 tons. She is armed with a twin Terrier Asroc launcher, a 5 ' 754 caliber gun mount and two 3 " 50 caliber single gun mounts, and two MK 32 torpedo launchers. JOUETT ' s sensors in- clude an advanced bow-mounted sonar and three-dimensional air search radar in- tegrated with the Navy Tactical Data Com- puter System. Her complement includes 23 officers and 373 enlisted men in addition to a staff of 22. A member of the DLG-26 class, JOUETT combines greater search capa- bility (radar sonar), greater fire power (missiles guns anti-submarine torpedoes), and greater command facilities (NTDS communications) than has ever been built into a warship of comparable size. DLG-29 first saw action in the Western Pacific starting January 1968. As one of the Navy ' s vanguard ships in the Viet- namese war, JOUETT guided air strikes on North Vietnam and rescued 8 pilots from North Vietnam and offshore. With missiles and interceptors under her con- trol, she successfully countered several enemy attacks. For effective service in hostile conditions, the ship earned the Navy Unit Commendation. JOUETT returned in July 1968 to the world she had helped protect.
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