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Jim Jones Diary

Identifier: A2017.68

Scope and Contents

Diary; May 9, 1967 – December 29, 1967

The diary chronciles Jones' deployment on Intrepid starting with leaving his family at Naval Air Station Cecil Field in Duval County, Florida to join Intrepid at Newport News, Virginia. On the trip to Vietnam, he writes of uncertainty of being able to cross the Suez canal because of the conflict between Egypt and Israel. He discusses flight ops, aircraft repairs, weather conditions, and alpha strikes conducted while on the line in Vietnam.

Jones details major Intrepid events such as casualties within VA-15 and VSF-3, Ed Martin's bail out and capture, Mike Krebs's bail out and safe recovery, Denny Key being shot down and captured, the Forrestal fire

Other highlights include Miss America's visit and performance on the ship, Crossing the Line, change of command, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas on board, partying in "Triple Stix," ports of call Subic Bay, Olongopo, Yokosuka, and Hong Kong, visitng Sick Bay when he has a cold and seeing "Doc Marshall," mentions of missing his wife and family, and being homesick.

The end page of the diary has a list of items and prices for things Jones bought while in port.


  • Majority of material found within May 9–December 29, 1967


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1 Volumes

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James Richard Jones, who went by Jim, was the Aircraft Maintenance Officer with attack squadron VA-34, which was embarked on board the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CV-11) in 1967. His diary chronicles his time aboard USS Intrepid and mentioned several major events in Intrepid's history at that time.

Processing Information

This diary was scanned and returned to the donor and the digital object was accessioned by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.



Jennifer Milani
January 2, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Online Archives Repository

One Intrepid Square
W. 46th Street and 12th Avenue
New York NY 10036-4103 United States