Benjamin Allen JonesSpecialist Four
1ST PLT, A CO, 1ST BN, 502ND INF RGT, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
28 September 1947 - 22 March 1968
Parkersburg, West Virginia
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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.
Benjamin Allen Jones rests in the
Mount Olivet Cemetery,
Parkersburg, West Virginia.
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.
Photos courtesy of his fiancee.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Mar 2002
Last updated 11/13/2010