*** Honor Mission*** George Jones, US Navy
TUE APR 29th 1100hrs
Patriot Guard and associates,
Sadly we are called to stand for, George Jones, who served our country honorably in the US Navy during WWII, may he rest in peace.
Mr. Jones joined the Navy and spent his 18th birthday in China aboard a Navy Supply Ship, where he was able to observe close up fighting between the Chinese and Japanese. In 1939, he was transferred to Navy Submarine School at the Groton Submarine Base and remained with the Submarine Navy for the rest of his 20 years of service. Mr. Jones served on three different submarines during World War II, made 7 war patrols in enemy waters, helped sink 17 Japanese ships, including a large I Class Japanese Submarine, a Destroyer and they also battle surfaced and sank with their deck guns two patrol boats at different times, bringing back 5 Japanese sailors as prisoners of war. His Commanding Officer was awarded the Navy Cross for two of the 4 war patrols Mr. Jones made on the USS Pogy. His own Commendations included the Combat Action Pin, Navy Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, China Sea Service Medal, National Defense Medal, American Area Medal, American Defense Medal, Submarine Combat Pin, Asiatic Pacific Medal with four Battle Stars. In more recent years, he received the State Veterans Medal from the Secretary of the State of CT as well as a medal and citation from former Governor Jodi Rell.
George was a life member and past Commander of Kari Hill Post VFW and District Commander, a member of the East Lyme Veterans Council, a life member of Submarine Veterans of WWII, also Submarine Veterans Inc., and the Holland Club, a member and past president of Branch 237 Fleet Reserve Association, and a member of Tinker-Turner Post American Legion.
This Hero also was a former member of the Flanders Fire Department.
Of note, this Hero was a personal friend of our own Assistant State Captain Jack Casey and we are sorry for your loss Sir.
We will stand a Flag Line for this Hero at the church and at the cemetery.
Sr. RC Greg Young will be RCIC and Flags will be onsite.
Tuesday April 29th
St. Agnes Church
22 Haigh Avenue
East Lyme Cemetery
Boston Post Road
God Bless America, Our Troops and 1st Responders!!
Gregg “Flag 7” Barratt
Patriot Guard Riders
Connecticut State Captain
Director, Honor and Remember of CT
“Standing for Those Who Stood for US”!