Camps, Courts and Places

Who and What

Camp Ingram

Camp Ingram (now known as Ingram Plaza) was named in honor of Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Osmond K. Ingram, U. S. Navy, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic action aboard the destroyer Cassin, in World War I.

On Oct. 16,1917, he observed a torpedo approaching the ship and went to the stern to remove certain explosives. He died when the torpedo struck and exploded. The camp at which new enlisted sailors reported then bore the name of a man whose actions best characterized the qualities desirable in an enlisted man.

Camp Paul Jones

Camp Paul Jones was the name of the camp where Sailors went following Detention Camp. Later it was named John Paul Jones Court, now the parking lot by Building 1, the Commissary.

John Paul Jones served time in the British Navy as a midshipman, but accepted a lieutenancy in the young American Navy and fought in the Revolutionary War with England. While engaging the Serapis, a ship of many more guns and superior manpower than those possessed by the Bon Homme Richard, Jones made his famous reply to the enemy captain who asked him if he had struck, ‘I have not yet begun to fight.’ John Paul Jones died in Paris in 1792, where his body remained for 113 years, before his remains were returned to his final resting place, the U.S. Naval Academy.

Truxton Road

Truxton Road was named for Capt. Truxton, a Naval officer who commanded the frigate ‘Constellation' in a Naval battle against the French frigate ‘Vengeance’ on Feb. 1, 1800 in the Caribbean Sea. When he noticed his men impatient to begin fighting, he shouted: “Don ‘t throw away a single charge of powder and shot! Take good aim and fire into the hull of the enemy.” His crew heard and obeyed, and they soon won the battle over the French, who always aimed at the rigging in an attempt to bringdown the masts.

Truxton Road leads from the main gate southwest through the entire base and adjacent to Rosecrans Street.

Camp Decautur

Camp Decatur and later Decatur Road was named for Stephen Decatur. He became a Navy captain at age 25 in 1805 during the war with Tripoli, when he succeeded in burning the frigate Philadelphia, which was captured by the Tripolians. In the War of 1812, he commanded the United States in engagements against the British Navy. Decatur took part in three duels throughout his life, the first when he was 20 and the last in 1820, when Decatur died during a duel with Commodore James Barron over a courts-martial dispute 13 years earlier.

Luce Auditorium

Stephen Bleeker Luce joined the Navy as a 14-year-old midshipman in 1841 and sailed his first expedition to Japan. He saw combat duty numerous times, especially during the Civil War. But it is with Naval education that Luce is most remembered. He served three tours of duty at the Naval Academy and was instrumental in beginning organized athletics for midshipmen. He also established the Naval War College, the first of its kind in the world. He served the Navy for 69 years and lived until 1917, long enough to see the Navy in World War I. He died at age 90 on the bridge o f a ship in the thick o f battle. Camp Luce, Luce Court and Luce Auditorium are named in his honor.

Mahan Court

Born into a Navy family in 1840, Alfred Thayer Mahan graduated from the Naval Academy in three years. By 1873, he had been around the world, lived in South America, China, Japan and Europe. Mahan was 50 when he published "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History." The book was very successful and was translated into many languages. Mahan died in 1914, but his memory was preserved at Camp Mahan and Mahan Court, located between Truxton and Cushing Roads.