Thursday, June 30, 2016

PVT Robert J. Jones

courtesy of Bessie Savery
PVT Robert J. Jones was born in 1917 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Standiford Burkett and Lula Bertha (Helms) Jones.  His father was working as a laborer for the city in 1920 but was unemployed according to the 1930 census.  By 1940 his parents had separated, each claiming to be widowed on the 1940 census. In 1940 his mother was working as a seamstress and had a reported 1939 income of $412 and paid $8 a month rent for their house.  In 1940, Robert was working as farm labor but had no income for 1939.

Robert was augmenting his income by being a member of a local National Guard unit.  He was activated/federalized in November 1940.  His reported occupation there was that he was a carpenter.  We have been unable to trace Robert's military career but we know that he was likely assigned to G Company 116th Infantry prior to the amphibious assault on D-Day, 6 Jun 1944 and that he participated in that mission.  PVT Jones was killed in action on 30 Jun 1944.

PVT Jones is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.  

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