Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III Historical

Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III Historical (HM1VTB)

Location: Hurlburt Field, FL 32544 Okaloosa County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 24.822', W 86° 42.039'

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602nd Special Operations Squadron

Lieutenant Colonel Jones flew an A-1H Skyraider on a rescue mission on 1 September 1968 in search of a downed U.S. pilot near Dong Hoi, North Vietnam. Although his aircraft was hit repeatedly by enemy fire, he continued his search until he sighted the survivor. Disregarding his own safety, Colonel Jones then attacked a nearby enemy position. His aircraft was again hit, destroying the pilot's ejection system and causing the cockpit to burst into flames. Colonel Jones attempted to transmit the location of the survivor, but his calls were blocked by friendly transmissions urging him to bail out. Despite intense pain from multiple burns, he elected to fly his damaged aircraft back to base, where, on the operating table, he reported the survivor's position. As a result, the downed pilot was rescued later in the day. Colonel Jones was killed in an aircraft accident before the medal could be presented. However, President Nixon presented the Air Force Medal of Honor to his widow on 6 August 1970.
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Placed ByThe Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, November 20th, 2016 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 528751 N 3364666
Decimal Degrees30.41370000, -86.70065000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 24.822', W 86° 42.039'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 24' 49.32" N, 86° 42' 2.34" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 210 Cody Ave, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, US
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