Jones, David Mudgett

Date of birth:
December 18th, 1913 (Marshfield/Oregon, United States)
Date of death:
November 25th, 2008 (Tucson/Arizona, United States)
Service number:
0-22482
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
1st Special Aviation Project, Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
"For extraordinary achievement as Pilot of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Captain Jones with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Second DFC received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Purple Heart
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With "V" device
Air Medal (AM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
"Major (Air Corps) David M. Jones (ASN: 0-22482), United States Army Air Forces, was shot down over Bizerte, North Africa, on 4 December 1942. Captured by German forces, he was held as a Prisoner of War until his return to U.S. Military Control at the end of hostilities in April 1945."
NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 15697
Prisoner of War Medal
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Rank:
Major General
Unit:
Air Force Eastern Test Range and Department of Defense Manager for Manned Space Flight Support Operations, U.S. Air Force
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commander, Air Force Eastern Test Range and Department of Defense Manager for Manned Space Flight Support Operations, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, from 4 May 1967 to 30 April 1973. In this important assignment, the forceful leadership, and the outstanding and dedicated efforts of General Jones were significantly displayed in his strong grasp and exestuation of complex technical operations essential to successful conduct of Air Force space flight launches, Air Force and Navy strategic missile testing, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration manned and unmanned space exploration. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of General Jones culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force."
Distinguished Service Medal - Air Force
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Rank:
Major General
Legion of Merit - US Military
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Second AFCM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
w/ 1 bronze service star
National Defense Service Medal (NDSM)

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