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William Atkinson Jones, III

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Saint John's Church Cemetery

Posthumous Award 

Born:  May 31, 1922 at Norfolk, VA

Entered Service in the US Air Force from Charlottesville, VA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism September 01, 1968 at Dong Hoi, North Vietnam

Died:  November 15, 1969 at the age of 47

Lieutenant Colonel Jones was flying an A-1H Skyraider on a rescue mission on September 1, 1968 in search of a down U.S. pilot near Don 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.

 

 

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