|Birth: ||Aug. 19, 1920|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 1945, Japan|
Orland Duncan "Buddy" Jones was the son of Samuel O. Jones and Cora B. Duncan. he attended DeValls Bluff Grammar School, Conway High School and State Teacher's College (now the University of Central Arkansas) at Conway, Arkansas. After school, Buddy worked for the chemical department at Crossett Paper Mills, Crossett, Arkansas.
The 1940 US Census shows Orland as living at the family home in Conway, Cadron Township, Faulkner County, Arkansas. The following family is shown as living in the home:
Head Samuel O Jones M 50 Arkansas
Wife Cora B Jones F 47 Arkansas
Son Orland D Jones M 19 Arkansas
Son Samuel Jones M 11 Arkansas
Son Stanley N Jones M 4 Arkansas
Buddy married Helen Lively Catron on May 9, 1942.
On August 13, 1940, Buddy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He attended boot camp at San Diego, California, and Camp Pendleton, California. Upon graduation, he attended a service school at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Buddy was a qualified paratrooper and scout in the the Marines. On 6/16/1942, Buddy left the United States, shipping out with the First Marine Parachute Regiment to the South Pacific and to an island no one had heard of until a few months before - Guadalcanal in the Solomon Island chain. Buddy would not only participate in the arduous fighting at Guadalcanal, but he would also see combat at Tulagi, Bougainville and Guvuta.
Now a "Sergeant of Marines", Buddy returned to the United States briefly after the Solomon Island campaign. But his time home was short. He was assigned to Company "H", 3rd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division ("Spearhead" Division), and shipped back to the Pacific to participate in the amphibious landing on the island of Iwo Jima. Combat veterans, especially non-commissioned officers (NCO), were sorely needed to lead the young Marines who were going in to combat for the first time. Among the 5th Marine Division ranks were thousands of combat veterans, many of them former members of the 1st Marine Parachute Regiment, the Marine Raider Battalions, the Parachute Training School, West Coast, and the Parachute Replacement Company. These Marines, most of whom had already served in combat, gave the Spearhead a fighting edge in training and battle. Buddy was a perfect NCO for the job. He departed for Camp Tarawa, Hilo, Hawaii for further training in preparation for the landing and in terrain that would be somewhat similar to what they would find at Iwo. On December 16, 1944, the Marines began loading on US Transport ships and by January 4, 1945, all of the Marines were on ship headed for the Pacific. On February 19, 1945, the 5th Marine Division assaulted the island of Iwo Jima. While the training the Marines received at Camp Tarawa in Hawaii had been beneficial, it in no way prepared the Marines for what they faced on Iwo Jima. Exposed to the full fury of the Japanese defenses, which included an intricate underground tunnel system carved into the volcanic rock the island was made of, Marines clawed their way forward a yard at a time, loosing thousands of lives in the process. On March 3, 1945, Buddy was gravely wounded. He was bravely removed from the battlefield by his brother Marines and Navy Corpsmen and sent by amphibious transport back to one of the ships standing duty in the ocean. Buddy would die that same day on the ship and was buried at sea with other Marines, receiving military honors. Over six thousand United States military personnel were killed taking Iwo Jima while the Japanese defenders lost over 20,000.
There is a book about Buddy currently available as of this writing; "Super Marine - The Sgt. Orland D. "Buddy" Jones Story (2007)", by Ken Hechler.
The War Memorial at the University of Central Arkansas bears the names of men and women who attended school there and lost their lives in World War II. Buddy's name is inscribed on that stone - he is the only Marine.
Sgt. Orland Duncan Jones earned the following badges/decorations for his service during World War II:
- Marine Corps Jump Wings
- Purple Heart Medal
- Combat Action Ribbon
- Presidential Unit Citation with Blue star
- Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
- American Defense Medal
- American Campaign Medal
- Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations Campaign Medal with 4 bronze campaign/battle stars
- World War II Victory Medal
- Marine Corps Basic Qualification Badge with bars
- Marine Sharpshooter Rifle Badge
Semper Fidelis - Always Faithful
Samuel Oather Jones (1889 - 1971)
Cora Duncan Jones (1892 - 1973)
Edra Faye Jones DiMassimo (1914 - 2013)*
Orland Duncan Jones (1920 - 1945)
Orland Duncan Jones (1920 - 1945)**
Note: Entered the service from Louisiana.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31373, 157.8472
Maintained by: Rick Lawrence
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56112335