Jones, Beloved father, husband, and friend.
Name Middle Initial:
1012 GOODWIN DR
& State: PLANO, TX
972 424 2147
Ora Lee O'Brien Jones
Branch: Army Air Corps
91st Bomb Group
Captured: Gelsenkirchen Germany
Held In: Stalag 6G, Dulag Luft and Stalag 17B.
Long Interned: 658 days
at Capture: 20
Received: Silver Star Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying
Cross, Bronze Star Meritorious Service Medal w/1OLC, Air Medal w/1SLC,
Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Purple Heart
w/2OLC, AF Presidential Unit Citation, AF Outstanding Unit Award, AF
Good Conduct Medal w/4OLC, Army Good Conduct Medal 2/6BL, American
Campaign Medal, EAME, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation, Germany
National Defense Service Medal w/1BS, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces
Expeditionary Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service
Medal 2/1BS, United Nations Medal, Prisoner of War Medal
Job: Ball Turrent Gunner
Stayed in Military (Air Force)
after War: Veterans Service Officer, Collin County, TX
Kenneth Lee Jones He was born in Coxton Kentucky on 4/19/1923 and he died 12/10/1998. He was the only child of John and Inez Jones but was raised by his paternal grandparents after his mothers death, when he was 10. His wife Ora Lee O'Brian Jones passed away on 09/11/2003.
Ken and Ora Lee were married on 7/12/57 in a small town outside Fairbanks Alaska. He has 2 children, Lisa Jones Mowry born 10/23/59, she lives in Austin Texas and Cecilia Jones born 5/21/61 she lives in Plano Texas.
Kenneth joined the Army Air Corps (predecessor to the Air Force) on July
4, 1942. He completed basic training at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indiana
and was eventually sent to Bassingborne England as a ball turret gunner
on a B-17 bomber with the 91st Bomb Group. He retired on April 1, 1975
after 33 years of service. He was the last enlisted World War II
Prisoner of War, with continuous service, to retire from the USAF.
He flew 17 missions before his plane was involved in a midair collision
with another B-17 which resulted in his capture on August 12, 1943. He
has been shot 7 times, on 3 different occasions, as well as sustaining a
broken back in the plane crash. He was held at Stalag 6G, Dulag Luft and
Stalag 17B. He went down over Gelsenkirchen Germany in the Ruhr Valley.
He made 2 unsuccessful escape attempts from Stalag 6G. The first was
unsuccessful because he was headed in the wrong direction, towards
Berlin and the second because he reached the Rhine River and could not
swim, he was also on crutches at the time. After these 2 attempts he was
sent for 2 weeks of interrogation to Buchenwald, the notorious
concentration camp, he was then sent to Stalag 17B in Kerns Austria. He
was a SSGT at the time of his capture. He was a Prisoner of war from
August 12, 1943 to May 31,1945 when he was liberated by the 3rd Army and
taken to France and then home. He promptly re-enlisted.
He is also a Veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam conflict. He retired
as a Chief Master Sgt., an E-9. He has a Bachelor of Creative Arts
degree from Dallas Baptist College in 1978. In a newspaper article
written about him in the Plano paper it in 1986 he was asked who the 4
people he would most like to meet were. He listed "my great, great,
great, great grandfather, Titus Marshon; he was in the Revolutionary War
and the War of 1812, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and General
Patton. The article also asked if he could change places for 1 day with
anyone who would it be and he replied "no one." He just liked
Past organizations that he belonged to include the American Legion Post
321, the Plano VFW, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Captain in
the Texas State Guard, Adjutant in Chapter 91 of Plano DAV, Commander of
the North Central Texas Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War,
Director of Claims for American Ex-POW's, National Service Office for
American Ex-POW's and cochairman of the Ex-POW's Advisory Committee for
the State of Texas.
The following is a list of the majority of assignments but does not
include all; Jefferson Barracks in Mississippi, Harlingen Texas, Salt
Lake City Utah, Boise Idaho, Alamogordo New Mexico, Selina Kansas,
Topeka Kansas, Tulsa Oklahoma, West Palm Beach Florida, San Antonio
Texas, Waco Texas, Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Fairbanks Alaska
and Overseas he was stationed in Cuba, Georgetown British Columbia,
Earkar South Africa, French Morocco, Bassingborne England, Korea, Manila
Philippines, Vietnam and West Berlin Germany.
Message to Future Generations:
Kenneth's Message would be, "Take one day at a time and just enjoy
being yourself. "