Jones, Donald Ross, LtCol

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Lieutenant Colonel
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0302-Infantry Officer
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1965-1965, 0302, III MEF/3rd Marine Division
Service Years
1942 - 1966

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Springfield, Virginia

Date of Passing
Sep 14, 2003
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Colonel Jones was awarded the Navy Cross and the Silver Star for action in Korea, the Bronze Star for combat in the Solomon Islands, and the Purple Donald R. Jones, 81, a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served in three foreign wars and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 24 years of service, died September 14, 2003, at Manor Care in Arlington, Virginia, of Alzheimer's disease after a month-long coma. Colonel Jones was awarded the Navy Cross and the Silver Star for action in Korea, the Bronze Star for combat in the Solomon Islands, and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained on Okinawa during World War II. He also served in Vietnam. For 25 years after his military service, Colonel Jones was a residential real estate salesman for several large national firms in the Washington area, including Levitt & Sons, Ryland Homes and Centex Homes. He was inducted into the National Association of Home Builders' Institute of Residential Marketing in 1979. He was born in Milwaukee and raised in Oronogo, Missouri. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942. During World War II, he participated in combat operations in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Guam and Okinawa and in the occupation of Japan, and was discharged as a Sergeant in 1946. He reenlisted as a Private in order to go to Officer Candidate School, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and two years later was deployed to Korea as a Rifle Platoon Leader, where he was in the assault landing at Inchon, the battle for Seoul, the First Marine Division break-out in the Chosin area and the Chinese breakthrough in the spring of 1951. Later duty included Parris Island, South Carolina; Butte, Montana; Camp Pendleton, California; Washington; Hawaii; and Vietnam. He served at sea and retired in 1966 as a technical writer at the Marine Corps School at Quantico. After retirement from his real estate career in 1991, he and his wife divided their time between Daytona Beach, Florida, and Springfield. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Patricia Roderick Jones of Springfield, a son, Roderick Leland Jones of Chantilly; a daughter, Ceilie Jones McLean of Alexandria; and two granddaughters.
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Navy Cross

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Second Lieutenant Donald R. Jones (MCSN: 0-49868), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Leader of a Rifle Platoon, Company A, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces near Koto-ri Pass, Korea, on 8 December 1950. Although the approaches to the enemy positions were practically inaccessible and exposed to direct hostile small-arms and machine-gun fire, Second Lieutenant Jones bravely led his platoon up the steep snow-covered precipice to attack and seize a mountain peak defended by well-entrenched, numerically superior hostile forces. Moving fearlessly among the squads, he skillfully maneuvered his men into strategic positions from which they could deliver accurate rifle fire and employ hand grenades more effectively. Spearheading his well-planned assault, he directed his group in hand-to-hand fighting which resulted in the destruction of over seventy-five of the enemy and numerous machine-gun bunkers. When the hostile troops launched an aggressive counterattack while he was reorganizing his platoon immediately following the seizure of the objective, he conducted a successful defense of the newly-won positions, thereby contributing materially to the success of the Battalion in securing enemy-held terrain from which to cover the advance of the Division. His tactical ability, indomitable fighting spirit and courageous devotion to duty in the face of intense hostile opposition reflect the highest credit upon Second Lieutenant Jones and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 765 (July 23, 1951)

Action Date: 8-Dec-50
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1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (1/1)4th Marine Regiment4th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)III MEF/3rd Marine Division
  1950-1951, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)/A Co
  1965-1965, 0302, 4th Marine Regiment
  1965-1965, 0302, 4th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)
  1965-1965, 0302, III MEF/3rd Marine Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Guam (1944)
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Second Battle of Seoul
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Battle of the Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Operation Ripper
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)/Battle of Kapyong
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