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Thomas L. Jones

Private, U.S. Army

12133551

Company A
15th Infantry Regiment
3rd Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: October 3rd, 1943
Buried at: Plot C2027
                  Beverly National Cemetery
                  Beverly NJ
Awards: Purple Heart


PRIVATE THOMAS L. JONES, of Oaklyn NJ, was born on October 13, 1922 to Mr. and Mrs. William O. Jones. His father had fought in World War I. He had graduated from Oaklyn Junior High School, and had enrolled in Collingswood High, but never attended classes. On October 29, 1942 he enlisted in the Army at Philadelphia PA. He underwent basic training at Camp Wheeler GA, and also underwent advanced training there.

Private Jones shipped out in March of 1943, and took parts in the battles for Tunis and Ferryville in North Africa. Serving with the 15th Infantry regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Thomas Jones was one of the first to land in the Sicily invasion, landing at Licata and advanced with his unit to Palermo, Sicily. At Palermo, he contracted malaria, and was flown back to Africa for treatment. He returned to active duty after six weeks. On September 18, 1943 his unit was sent to Southern Italy. He was killed in action while while acting as a scout, by machine gun fire, near Cancello, Italy on October 3rd, 1943. 

Private Jones was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart on November 29, 1943. His family received letters from General George C. Marshall, General Leslie McNair, his company commander, Captain Winschbul, and his platoon leader, First Lieutenant Kranich. After the war his body was returned to the United States, and he was buried at Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly NJ on March 10, 1949.

Thomas Jones was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William O. Jones, of 50 Beechwood Avenue, Oaklyn NJ, brothers James, Edward, John, and William O. Jr., and a sisters, Anna, Helen, Agnes, and Julia Jones.


Camden Courier-Post - 


Camden
Courier-Post

March 8, 1949

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