|Birth: ||Feb. 3, 1919|
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 1944|
Ben died on the operating table in German Prisoner of war Stalag VI-J during surgery to amputate his leg which was severly wounded due to a fire fight with a machne gun nest.
Benjamin Edwin Jones was a member of the Greatest Generation that Tom Brokaw described in his bestselling book. He was the fourth child of Benjamin Edwin and Florence Agnes Jones and was born in Bismarck, North Dakota on February 3, 1919.
Ben went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison like his brothers and sister did before him. He joined his brother Don's fraternity Phi Delta Theta and would become its president. He was active on the school's infrafraternity council, ROTC and was the editor of the university's 1943 yearbook The Badger. He was asked to join Scabbard and Blade, graduated with honors and was listed in Who's Who of American Universities.
Ben enlistment in the Army began in 1943, he was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia to attend OCS and was commissioned in late 1943.
In November 1944, Ben was declared missing in action. The University of Wisconsin's 1944 yearbook The Badger (Ben was editor in chief of the Badger in 1943) was going to press at the time of the declaration. The lead page was devoted to Ben, the concerns of the Badger staff for Ben, and a laudatory list of his con-attributions. The yearbook was being printed when notice of his death was issued.
He is buried in US Military Cemetery Neuville-En Condroz, Belgium
Benjamin Edwin Jones (1876 - 1950)
Florence Agnes Jones (1876 - 1959)
Gwendolyn Jones Sollenbarger (1906 - 2007)*
Benjamin Edwin Jones (1919 - 1944)
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Created by: Thomas Sollenbarger
Record added: Oct 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98903012
Added: Aug. 26, 2014