About John Paul Jones Crypt
John Paul Jones is considered America's first naval hero, playing an important part in the Revolutionary War. He never lost a naval engagement in his entire life. Jones died in France in 1792. His body was returned to America in 1905 and interred in the crypt beneath the US Naval Academy Chapel. He is remembered for his leadership qualities, seamanship and willingness to "...go in harm's way."
The Crypt of John Paul Jones is included on the official guided walking tour of the Academy, which departs daily from the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center inside Gate 1. Everyone 18 and older must have a photo ID to enter Academy grounds.