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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III

602nd Special Operations Squadron

 
 
Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III Marker
Inscription. Lieutenant Colonel Jones flew an A-1H Skyraider on a rescue mission on 1 September 1968 in search of a downed U.S. pilot near Dong Hoi, North Vietnam. Although his aircraft was hit repeatedly by enemy fire, he continued his search until he sighted the survivor. Disregarding his own safety, Colonel Jones then attacked a nearby enemy position. His aircraft was again hit, destroying the pilot's ejection system and causing the cockpit to burst into flames. Colonel Jones attempted to transmit the location of the survivor, but his calls were blocked by friendly transmissions urging him to bail out. Despite intense pain from multiple burns, he elected to fly his damaged aircraft back to base, where, on the operating table, he reported the survivor's position. As a result, the downed pilot was rescued later in the day. Colonel Jones was killed in an aircraft accident before the medal could be presented. However, President Nixon presented the Air Force Medal of Honor to his widow on 6 August 1970.
 
Erected by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 30° 24.822′ N, 86° 42.039′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt
Marker and A-1E Skyraider of the type flown by Colonel Jones. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. Marker and A-1E Skyraider of the type flown by Colonel Jones.
Marker is the one second from left.
Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Oneal Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major Bernard Francis Fisher (here, next to this marker); A-1E Skyraider (here, next to this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (a few steps from this marker); MC-130P Combat Shadow (within shouting distance of this marker); HH-3E "Jolly Green Giant" (within shouting distance of this marker); A-26 Counter-Invader (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Ranch Hand Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Kingpin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones. (Submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceHeroesWar, Vietnam
 
Marker and A-1E Skyraider aircraft. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
3. Marker and A-1E Skyraider aircraft.
Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III image. Click for full size.
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4. Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III
Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 21, 2001
5. Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III Grave Marker
He is buried in St John's Church Cemetery, Warsaw, VA. The grave GPS coordinates are N37.9581 W76.7554.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   5. submitted on November 20, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.
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