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Robert E. Jones

Robert E. Jones

Robert was commissioned in the United States Army as a 2nd Lt. Infantry, 22 May 1939. He served in Troop F, 111th Cavalry, NMNG, CCC and 22 years active duty. 

Colonel Jones received his Bachelor of Science degree from New
Mexico A&M College in 1939, with Post Graduate work at the University of
Texas. In 1965, he received a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs
from George Washington University.

Colonel Jones’ awards and decorations include: Distinguished Service
Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two clusters, Bronze Star with
cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal with two clusters, Purple Heart
with cluster, Army Commendation Medal with Metal Pendant, Presidential Unit
Citation (Army), Presidential Unit Citation 1st and 2d Awards (Navy),
Belgian Fourraguere, French Croix De Guerre with Palm, Netherlands Orange
Lanyard, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Police
Medal of Honor 1st Class, Vietnamese Rural Revolutionary Development Medal,
and various other Service Medals. He received the Combat Infantry Badge with
Star, the Master Parachute Badge and a Glider Badge. Jones was awarded the
Departments of Army General Staff Identification and Joint Chiefs of Staff
Identification Badges.

After retirement from active duty in 1973, Colonel Jones resided in
Clarksville, where he continued his public service through many military and
community pursuits. He was granted and assigned the distinction of being the
original Honorary Colonel of the 502nd Infantry Regiment, a Distinguished
Member of the 502nd Infantry Regiment and a Distinguished Member of the
327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

Jones was past President and Chairman of the Board for the 101st
Airborne Division Association; Chairman of the Board for the 32d Infantry
Regimental Association; and a Member of The Chosin Few, survivors of the
Chosin Reservoir action. In 1997, a building at Fort Drum, N.Y. was named
for Colonel Jones by the 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment to recognize
his leadership in bringing the Battalion’s last remnants out of Chosin
Reservoir.

Jones was named by the 101st Airborne Division Association as The Airborne Man of the Year when
he was president of the Association. He received the ultimate honor of being
named The Airborne Man of the Year from The Static Line, an organization of
all airborne associations comprising many tens of thousands of warriors.

Col. (Ret.) Robert Ellis Jones, 90, Clarksville, died Thursday,
Sept. 13, 2007, at his residence.

 

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