HORATIO LEE JONES
HONORED ON PANEL 32E, LINE 31 OF THE WALL

HORATIO LEE JONES

WALL NAME

HORATIO L JONES

PANEL / LINE

32E/31

DATE OF BIRTH

02/08/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/20/1967

HOME OF RECORD

DETROIT

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wayne County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR HORATIO LEE JONES
POSTED ON 12.20.2013
POSTED BY: A Thankful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Horatio Lee Jones (ASN: RA-10852285), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. Specialist Four Jones distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 20 December 1967 while serving as machine gunner of an infantry unit during a savage attack on its camp near Bo Tuc. During the early morning hours, his unit was subjected to an intense barrage of Viet Cong mortars and rockets combined with a fanatical human wave assault. His position received heavy small arms and rocket fire which was so accurate it destroyed his machine gun, seriously wounded him, and killed his assistant gunner. Despite his wound, Specialist Jones grabbed a rifle, led his remaining crew member through a hail of bullets to a strategically located bunker, and continued the defense of the camp. The insurgents unleashed a furious, determined assault on the fortifications. An enemy hand grenade landed directly in the bunker and, knowing that it would go off at any second, Specialist Jones reached for the grenade. Realizing he did not have time to throw it out of the bunker, he courageously pulled the grenade to himself an smothered the explosion with his body. He was instantly killed while gallantly and unselfishly saving the life of his fellow soldier. Specialist Four Jones' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 776 (February 20, 1968)

Action Date: 20-Dec-67

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Company A

Battalion: 4th Battalion

Regiment: 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade

Division: 25th Infantry Division
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POSTED ON 12.14.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Horatio Lee Jones, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 12.23.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

We Remember
Horatio is buried at Memphis National Cemetery.
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POSTED ON 12.20.2005
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WE WILL REMEMBER YOU AND YOUR SERVICE.
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POSTED ON 12.20.2004
POSTED BY: Fellow Michigander

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget
ONE OF MICHIGAN'S FALLEN SONS

Today we honor HORATIO LEE JONES and the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country. Rest in peace and know you are not forgotten.


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