EDWIN JONES

Company A 1/22 Infantry

4th Infantry Division

KIA 03/03/1967

 

 

Army - PFC - E3

Age: 18
Race: Negro
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Mar 28, 1948
From: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Religion: BAPTIST
Marital Status: Single

PFC - E3 - Army - Regular
4th Infantry Division
MOS: 11B10: Infantryman
Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Feb 14, 1967
Casualty was on Mar 3, 1967
In KONTUM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered

Panel 16E - Line 11

Private First Class Edwin Jones was killed by sniper fire while on Operation Sam Houston,
at grid reference YA580616, approximately 29 kilometers west/northwest of Plei Djereng airfield.

 

The following is the citation for the award of the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device to PFC Edwin Jones:

 




 

 

 

 

Below is the certificate of the award of the Purple Heart Medal to Edwin Jones:

 

 

 

 

 

PFC Edwin Jones' decorations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Pvt Edwin Jones prior to Vietnam

 

 

 

Pvt Edwin Jones prior to Vietnam

 

 

 

Edwin Jones's Army identification card

 

 

 

Post card from Fort Polk sent home by Edwin Jones

 

 

 

Honorable Service Certificate for Edwin Jones

 

 

 

 

Edwin Jones

 

 

 

Mrs. Charlie Jones, the mother of Edwin Jones, accepts his Bronze Star Medal

 

 

 

 

 

Edwin Jones is buried at the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida

 

Flowers at the grave of Edwin Jones

 

 

 

 

Mount Olive Cemetery

 

For an article on the Mt. Olive Cemetery click on the following link:

 

News4Jax website

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 6, 2014, the family of Edwin Jones was presented with a high school diploma
in Edwin's name, in honor of his service, by the State of Florida. Following is the school
department's notice about the presentation ceremony:

 

 

 

 

 

Patricia Jones holds up a diploma Friday given to her on behalf of her brother, Pfc. Edwin Jones, who was killed in Vietnam.
Jones enlisted in the Army in 1966 during his senior year at Stanton and was unable to graduate.

Photo by Clifford.Davis@jacksonville.com

From The Forida-Times Union at jacksonville.com

 

 

Stanton honors fallen Vietnam veteran

Author: Crystal Moyer, Morning assignment desk, backup traffic reporter, cmoyer@wjxt.com


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

He died fighting for his country, and five decades later, a Jacksonville veteran is recognized --
not only for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War but for his education.

The legacy of Pvc. Edwin Jones was honored at Stanton College Preparatory School's graduation.

Patricia Jones was surrounded by family and friends as she accepted the diploma for her brother,
who made the ultimate sacrifice before he even graduated high school.

"He volunteered to go to war and he gave my parents the understanding that he would be going into the service
once he graduated from high school, but that wasn't the case," Jones said.

She said Edwin was a senior at what was then the Stanton Vocational School when he was called upon
by the Army to serve his country in the Vietnam War in 1967.

A few weeks later, his unit was attacked by snipers.

"He risked his life several times to save his comrades," Jones said. "They were under fire and he went back
to get about four or five of his infantry men before he was killed."

For his courageous efforts, Edwin Jones was awarded the Bronze Star for Heroism and the Purple Heart.

"My brother was always a giving person and loving person," Patricia Jones said. "Therefore, it was not hard to understand
that this was something he felt he had to do. And with that, although it was hard losing him, we knew what his goal was."

Edwin's story sparked the interest of a stranger all the way from California who searched 15 years to get in contact with the family.

"Bhawk, as he likes to be called, said that my brother's story was so interesting that he felt that my brother needed
all the accolades that he was entitled to," Patricia Jones said.

Bhawk, along with the Veterans High School Diploma Program, was able to get Stanton College Prep to recognize Edwin
with his diploma during its graduation ceremony Friday.

His younger sister said it's an emotional time, even 50 years after his death.

"It's just an honor, an indescribable honor," she said. "He's a hero in our minds, always in our hearts. Therefore, we'll never forget."


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Photos and documents courtesy of the family of Edwin Jones

Scans of newspaper articles courtesy of Gail A. White via Nan S. Worsowicz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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