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Junius Wallace Jones, B. S., (1890–1977) was a major general in the United States Air Force. He was Inspector-General of the United States Air Force.

Early lifeEdit

Jones was born in Jackson, Louisiana (East Feliciana Parish) on April 3, 1890 to Philip Huff Jones, M.D. and Annabelle Smith.[1] Jones was descended from a prominent local family, his paternal grandfather was John Welch Jones, MD.[2] having been director of the East Louisiana State Hospital (then called the Insane Asylum of Louisiana) and his maternal grandfather having been a plantation owner. Jones came from a family with a military tradition. Jones descended directly from three soldiers, Samuel Jones, Thomas Jackson, and Samuel Hilton, who served in the Revolutionary War with General Francis Marion,[1] known as "the swamp fox".[2] His grandfather, John Welch Jones, was in the Mexican-American War and served the army of the Confederate States of America as captain of a company of cavalry, the Plains Cavalry, which he organized.[2][3] Jones received private primary and secondary education. He was attending Louisiana State University when he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, which he entered on March 1, 1909.[1] Jones graduated in 1913 with a bachelor of science degree.[4][5]

United States ArmyEdit

Jones received his commission as a second lieutenant on June 12, 1913 and was assigned to the coast artillery at Fort Monroe, Virginia.[1] Jones was reassigned to Fort Winfield Scott, California in 1914 where he served with the 64th Company and later with the 27th Company.[4]

Jones was assigned to the United States Military Academy as an Instructor in 1916.[4] In June 1919, Jones was ordered to military duty in Koblenz, Germany with United States Forces. In 1920, Jones was ordered to Paris, France where he served in motor transport.[4]

Army Air ServiceEdit

Jones was assigned to the Army Air Service in 1920. He was assigned to Carlstrom Field, Desoto County, Florida where he trained as a pilot. Jones graduated from flight school in April 1920, and thereafter was assigned to Post Field, Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he entered the Air Service Observation School from which he graduated in September 1921. Jones then remained at Fort Sill where he attended the United States Army Field Artillery School. Jones was formally transferred to the Army Air Service in November 1921, having risen to the rank of major.[4][5]

Jones was then assigned to Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York as air operations officer. In 1924, Jones was moved to the Panama Canal Zone as operations officer at France Field.[4]

Army Air CorpsEdit

Jones was appointed Wing Operations Officer at Langley Field, Virginia in February 1927. Jones entered the Air Corps Tactical School at Langley Field in September 1927. Upon graduation, he was sent to the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from which he graduated in June 1929. After that, he attended the Army War College at Washington, D.C. from which he graduated in June 1930.[4]

Following his graduation, Jones was appointed to the Inspection Division of the Air Corp as chief of that division. Jones briefly served at March Field, California as air inspector, but soon entered the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island from which he graduated in June 1934.[4]

Jones was then sent to Chanute Field, Illinois where he served as commandant of the Air Corps Technical School until March 1938 when he was sent to Denver, Colorado to establish Lowry Field.[4]

Jones was assigned to the Office of the Inspector General at Washington in August 1938. He was given command of the 16th Bombardment Wing at Bowman Field, Kentucky in April 1941.[4]

Army Air ForcesEdit

Then Brigadier-General Jones was assigned to the Technical Training Command at Greensboro, North Carolina, first as executive officer and later as commanding general, where, among other duties, he had oversight of Embry-Riddle School of Aviation training of enlisted personnel.[6] In June 1943 he returned to Washington as air inspector of the United States Army Air Forces where he remained for the duration of World War II.[4][5]

Air ForceEdit

After the United States Air Force was created from the Army Air Forces in 1947, General Jones remained as Air Inspector. He was assigned as commanding general of the Sacramento Air Material Area at McClellan Air Force Base, California in 1948, a position in which he remained until his retirement in 1952.[5]

HonorsEdit

General Jones was decorated with the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Air Medal.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Jones married Mary Beirne Harman (b. January 15, 1891), daughter of Edward Valentine Harmon and Marie Antoinette Kinney.[7] Mary Beirne Harman Jones died on July 28, 1917 in childbirth at the age of 26. She is buried in Thornrose Cemetery at Staunton, Virginia.[8] One child, Mary Beirne Jones (Kerr), was born on Jul. 28, 1917. She married Hugh Holmes Kerr, Jr. (b. 1912). They resided in Staunton, Virginia. Hugh Kerr died in 1963. Mary Bierne Jones Kerr died on September 23, 1970 after a long illness, predeceasing her father. She was buried in Thornrose Cemetery.[9] The Kerrs' descendants continue to live in Staunton.

Jones married Josephine Lanier,[3] however the marriage did not last.

Jones married Katherine Callahan,[10] Although the marriage did not last, a daughter, Esther Marilyn Jones (b. 21 May 1940) was born of this marriage.[11]

Jones' father, Philip Huff Jones, MD, died on May 10, 1946, and was buried in Old Jackson Cemetery, Jackson, Louisiana.[12] Jones's mother, Annabelle Smith Jones, died at Baton Rouge on December 3, 1957 and was buried at Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, St. Francisville, Louisiana.[13]

After Jones returned to live in Jackson, he married widow Anne Howell Turpin of Jackson on June 12, 1969 at New Orleans.

Jones' younger brother, Philip Harold Jones, M. D., D. Phil., former Rhodes scholar (1918),[14] who practiced medicine in New Orleans, died on November 13, 1970 at New Orleans and was buried in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, St. Francisville, Louisiana.[15]

Jones liked to ride horses, In addition, he was noted his ability to prepare a Sazerac cocktail.

RetirementEdit

General Jones accepted a position as airport director of Moisant Airport, a position which he occupied for some years. After he left that employment he moved to his family plantation near Jackson, Louisiana where he kept horses and rode frequently. He remodeled Centenaria, which is a house built in 1840 to serve as the residence of the president of Centenary College of Louisiana,[16] where he resided with his wife, Anne Howell Jones, for the remainder of his life.

DeathEdit

Jones died at Centenaria on 14 February 1977 after a stroke.[5] Jones is buried in the cemetery of Grace Episcopal Church, St. Francisville, Louisiana.[10] Anne Garnett Howell Jones lived until January 22, 2001 when she died at Zachary, Louisiana. She was buried in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery beside her husband.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mike Miller. Junius Wallace Jones. LA Gen Web, 1914.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 John Welch Jones, MD. In: Alcée Fortier, Lit.D. (ed.), Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), Century Historical Association, 1914: pp. 210-211.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Philip Huff Jones. In: Chambers Henry E. A History of Louisiana (Volume 2). New York: American Historical Society, Inc, 1925: pp. 74-76.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Major General Junius W. Jones, United States Air Force.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Factsheet, Jones, Junius Wallace Papers 1944-1945, Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  6. Training Officers Inspect Embry-Riddle School of Aviation, July 1942
  7. Some Prominent Virginia Families Genealogical Publishing Company: p. 209.
  8. Mary Beirne Harman Jones (1891-1917)
  9. Mary Beirne Jones Kerr (1917-1970), Find a Grave.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Junius Wallace Jones (1890-1977). Find-grave.
  11. Jones, Hazel Parker. Book Two: The Samuel Jones Family Including Allied Families, Kershaw County, S. C. 1756-1979. Clinton, South Carolina: Jacobs Press, 1979.
  12. Dr Philip Huff Jones (1855-1946). Find-a-Grave.
  13. Annabelle Smith Jones, Find-a-Grave.
  14. Rhodes Scholar Roster
  15. Philip Harold Jones (1896-1970) Find-a-Grave.
  16. Walking Tour of Jackson
  17. Anne Garnett Howell Jones (1903-2001). Find-a-Grave.

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