David M. Jones, 0-22482, Major General
Graduated Tucson High School, Tucson, Arizona, 1932; graduated University of Arizona, 1936 and commissioned as Second Lieutenant, Cavalry. Enlisted in National Guard, June, 1932. Was on active duty as Second Lieutenant with 8th Cavalry for one year then began pilot training in June, 1937. Gained rating as pilot in June, 1938 and served with 17th Bomb Group at March and McChord Fields. After Tokyo Raid, served in North Africa and was shot down over Bizerte on December 4, 1942. Spent 2-1/2 years as POW in Stalag Luft III. Has graduated from Command and General Staff School, Armed Forces Staff College, and National War College. Has had varied operational assignments since World War II as bases in Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, and Ohio. Served overseas as 47th Bomb Wing Commander at Sculthorpe, England. Decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Commendation Ribbon, and the Chinese Order of Yung Hui, 5th Class.
Born December 18, 1913, Marshfield, Oregon
Inducted Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame
And for you history buffs, YOUTUBE has a 3-part mini documentary of him of which he said "From horses to Mach 2, to be privileged to live in that period, pretty damn good.":
This is the first of three emails of images from Uncle Davy’s [Air Force Maj. Gen. David M. Jones] funeral on Friday at Arlington Cemetery, the military handles these events with such respect, it really was a beautiful service.
This second set of images consists of images from the folding of the flag part of the funeral. It was during this time, there was a 21-gun salute, taps played and they closed his rank. FYI – Closing a rank means they roll up a flag that has rank on it [2 stars], roll it up and then cover it with a sleeve. The folding of the flag is very intense as it has to be perfect, it was inspected several times before being given to Aunt JannaNeen.
The last image of this PDF consists of several bikers. Towards the end of the service I stood near them [in the shade] and thanked them for coming. I asked if they go to all of the funerals at Arlington. The man replied, no, they try to come to the services of those who were POWs. Some of the bikers were former POWs from Vietnam and as Davy was a POW during WW2, they came as a show of respect.
This last set of images was take from the Columbarium. This is sort of like an outdoor vault. Most of the dates I noted were from WW2. The fourth image has Aunt JannaNeen holding the flag and the gentleman on the far right with the badge on his jacket is one of the last of the Doolittle Raiders, Dick Cole.
Sadly, the last 2 images are of another funeral taking place. There are about 24-30 funerals per day. Most of which are those honorable men and women who are killed in the Middle East. One of the reasons it took 6 months after Davy’s passing to have the service is because those that die in the Middle East have a higher priority, then comes the others who are currently serving in another capacity or have retired.
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