Sergeant John R Jones

Photo taken and provided by Luis Aguirre, Jr.

Photo taken and provided by Luis Aguirre, Jr.

Sergeant John R. Jones, Special Forces, United States Army killed in action on June 5th, 1971 on Hill 950 (Hickory Hill) in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam was returned to the United States and buried with full Military Honors in Arlington National Cemetery on December 6th, 2012.

Arlington National Cemetery Photo taken and provided by Luis Aguirre, Jr.

Arlington National Cemetery
Photo taken and provided by Luis Aguirre, Jr.

I’ll let the following images speak for themselves.  If you click on the first picture, your browser should open a separate viewing pane to allow you to scroll through the pictures at full size.

Feel free to download any and all of these images for your personal use.  However, should you desire to use any of them in any publication or reposting on the web, please contact me for permission at

The following photos are compliments of Lisa Western:

With the permission of the Features Editor, Midland Reporter-Telegram of Midland, Texas, I’m providing a link to the article written by Mr. Ed Todd describing the impact of the SGT Jones’ funeral on his brother James.  You’re an exceptional man, James, and thanks Ed for writing this article.

13 Responses to Sergeant John R Jones

  1. Phil McGibney says:

    Thanks, Duane, for keeping this alive. We are still hoping for Crosby and Westcott.


  2. Walter millsap says:

    I am glad John is finally home. I was on Hickory that day. We were overrun. It has bothered me for all this time that not everyone got off the mountain.
    Walter Millsap


  3. johnnmastro says:

    This gives real meaning to “Leave No One Behind”, it was an Honor to meet all involved.


  4. Bobby Hill says:

    Pics look good! Thanks again for caring. Guys like you are hard to come by. Until next time, take care!


  5. George A.Branigan says:

    I am happy to see that Sgt. Jones is finally home. I was on the first recon team (aeroscouts) to get to hill 950 the next morning at sunrise to look for survivors. We even landed there for a few minutes. There was nothing left, the RR station was leveled and the dirt and rock was scorched black. Why the powers that be never sent in a full team to properly search the area has for all these years bothered me. Knowing now one survived is a miracle. I wish I could go back in time to do a better job.


    • RetiredMSG says:

      Thanks for your service, George, and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. The positive side of this is that there is an organization totally dedicated to finding and returning our fallen fellow Soldiers …
      – duane


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