CPL James Trenton Jones

CPL James Trenton Jones

Birth
Tennessee, USA
Death 11 Dec 1930 (aged 32)
Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Plot M3
Memorial ID 176802147 · View Source
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For 87 years, the grave of James Trenton Jones was unmarked until recently.

"Many years ago, a friend was doing demolition work, tearing down houses to put in the I-640 bypass in East Knoxville," said Gary Lowe, a retired Morristown police officer and military veteran. "The marble was a footstep. The tombstone was being used as a rock to step on the front porch of the house. He pried it up and saw what it was. He did not feel right about just throwing a tombstone away, so he kept it."

Funeral director Jeff Berry helped locate the grave at Lynnhurst Cemetery. That's when he told the Lowes the grave did not have another headstone and had been unmarked since the burial in 1930.

Jones earned the Distinguished Service Cross for "extraordinary heroism in action near Ypres, Belgium, July 24, 1918. Corporal Jones was in charge of a detached automatic rifle post, heavily bombarded by the enemy. Two of his men were killed by shell fire, two others and himself seriously wounded. Though it was his first experience under fire, Corporal Jones exhibited unhesitating devotion to duty by remaining at his post. Sending for assistance, he reorganized his position and gave aid and comfort to the wounded."

Richard Jones, grandson of Mr. Jones, served in the Military as well. "I am a military veteran myself," said Jones, who served on the USS Forestall during the Vietnam War. "They started telling me he received the Distinguished Service Cross. I was flabbergasted. Between that and the way they found his headstone, I tell people and they go, 'You've got to be kidding.' They don't believe it."

The 87-year journey ended Thursday with a grandson meeting his grandfather. A hero's legacy, etched in stone so long ago, now stands at its rightful resting place.

-Text from WBIR TV Jim Matheny



*JONES, JAMES T.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 24, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James T. Jones, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ypres, Belgium, July 24, 1918. Corporal Jones was in charge of a detached automatic rifle post, heavily bombarded by the enemy. Two of his men were killed by shell fire, two others and he himself seriously wounded. Though it was his first experience under fire, Corporal Jones exhibited unhesitating devotion to duty by remaining at his post. Sending for assistance, he reorganized his position, and gave aid and comfort to the wounded.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Knoxville, TN


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  • Created by: Jeff Berry
  • Added: 27 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 176802147
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL James Trenton Jones (28 Aug 1898–11 Dec 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176802147, citing Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Berry (contributor 46842114) .