Benjamin Allen Jones

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
28 September 1947 - 22 March 1968
Parkersburg, West Virginia
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Benjamin Allen Jones

24 Mar 2002

Benny Jones was a Hero who sacrificed his life in place of many others. The Gates of Heaven opened wide with "WELCOME HOME" banners when Benny arrived. He was a friend, an athlete, and a HERO SOLDIER.

John Barrett
Orlando, Florida

Benjamin Allen Jones rests in the
Mount Olivet Cemetery,
Parkersburg, West Virginia.
2 Dec 2002

I am Charles Cole.

I met Benjamin Jones in the States when we were going through training. We were friends and occasionally talked.

I met back up with him in Bien Hoa at a place where we stayed until we were sent up North to our assigned units. We were both assigned to 1st Plt, A Co, 1st Bn, 502nd Infantry. The company had been hit by a sapper attack a week or two before we arrived and had lost a good many men.

We were replacements for these soldiers that had been lost. If I remember right, there were 24 of us that were assigned to A Company.

We were in the mountains the night Benjamin was killed. I just remember hearing an explosion that night and heard that he had been killed and two or three others wounded.

The mountains were a very forbidding and dangerous place to fight the war. They sent us anywhere they thought we could find the enemy, and we often did.

I was very saddened by his loss and have never forgotten him. He was a good soldier that did his duty. I believe he had been made a fireteam leader and was fixing to be promoted.

If he had lived he would most probably have been one of our leaders.
May God bless you.

Always gratefully,
Charles Cole

26 Sep 2007

Photo from Parkersburg High School, Class of 1965, Parkersburg, W.Va.

Photo from Fort Benning, Georgia 1967-1968 Airborne Training

Photos courtesy of his fiancee.
E-mail address is not available.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
John Barrett
Orlando, Florida

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Mar 2002
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