Sgt William Edward Jones

Sgt William Edward Jones

Millsboro, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Death 14 Jul 1970 (aged 24)
Thừa Thiên-Huế, Vietnam
Burial Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Section 2 Row 24 Site 736-C
Memorial ID 14792585 · View Source
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SSG William Edward Jones, Vietnam Veteran, born in Delaware, he became a resident of Fort Bragg, NC.

Staff Sergeant William Edward Jones was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SSG Jones served our country until July 14th, 1970 in Thua Thien, South Vietnam. He was 24 years old and was married. It was reported that William died from small arms fire. His body was recovered. William was born on May 18th, 1946 in Millsboro, Delaware.
SSG Jones is on panel 08W, line 017 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

For My Big Brother, William: It has been 37 years since you left us. I just turned 50; at the time of your death, I was a skinny, tall 13 year old. I loved you so much, big brother. You were the one I admired so much and looked up to you. I enjoyed writing you when I was a little girl and loved it so much when you came home for visits. And I wish I could see Natascha; don't know where she and Brigette are...haven't seen them since a few months after your death. But I think of you very often, especially during the month of May (your birthday on May 18) and the sad anniversary date of you leaving us in 1970 (July 14). All I have of you is the small memorial to the Vietnam Vets located on Baynard Boulevard in Wilmington. I pass it daily and I remember you. I will never forget you. And I tell my children about their tall, handsome some ways, my son reminds me of you. He's tall, dark and handsome and I know you would be proud of him as he is in his junior year in college. And your niece, Renata, very pretty young lady, my oldest, who, in one of her pictures, bears a strong resemblance to your Natascha. You're one strong, brave black man who made a mark in the world. You wanted to do better for your life instead of working at menial jobs which, in those days, were the lot of black people. Thanks for being my beloved big brother. Thanks for your hugs and telling me to do good in school. I remember you teasing me about my developing body, that you were going to send me some bras for my 13th birthday. I didn't realize the hell you were going through over there; none of us were really told the truth, but the war became so real to me on July 14, 1970 when we lost you. I look forward to that day, big brother, when I see you again, in a better place, a better time and eternal life....With forever love, your little sister, Vita Johnson, 2210 Baynard Boulevard, Wilmington DE 19802.

Sgt William E Jones, 24, of Ft Bragg, NC and formerly of Millsboro, was killed by enemy fire July 14th, in Viet Nam. He is the 115th Delawarean killed in the war in Indochina. Sgt Jones had been in Viet Nam 26 days of his second tour of duty when he was killed. He was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Sgt Jones was educated in Millsboro High School and William C Jason High School in Georgetown before entering he service in 1964. He is survived by his wife Mrs Bridgett Jones of Ft Bragg; a 4-month-old daughter, Natascha Jones; his mother and stepfather, Mr and Mrs George Johnson of Millsboro; three brothers; George Jones, Alfonzo Jones and Prezannie Jones; and three sisters, Luvinia Jones, Nevita Mae Jones and Delilah Jones, all of Millsboro. Services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 at Torbert Funeral Chapel, Reed and Bradford Street, Dover, where friends may call before the service. Internment will be private at the convenience of the family.

He was the husband of Brigette Jones of Ft Bragg NC and the son of Mr and Mrs James W. Johnson of Millsboro, DE.

He served as a Staff Sergeant with 1st Platoon, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, "Geronimo", 101st Airborne Division, "Screaming Eagles" USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Silver Star Medal, The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds with One Oak Leaf Cluster, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal with Device and The Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters.

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  • Maintained by: Tom Reece
  • Originally Created by: Robert
  • Added: 1 Jul 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 14792585
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt William Edward Jones (18 May 1946–14 Jul 1970), Find a Grave Memorial no. 14792585, citing Fort Bragg Main Post Cemetery, Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .