Wayne Jones of Blairsville, GA. spoke to our Post 532 last night and told many poingant stories of his Dad, Wayne Elmer Jones who was killed in Vietnam in 1967. The 18th Aviation Company 2nd Platoon flying DeHaviland of Canada U1-A Otter. Otter 702 crashed on Dragon Mountain "Nui Ham Rong" southwest of Pleiku. The crew missing in action, within site of Camp Enari on a mountain that had both US & RVN post on top, for 19 days until the crash site was discovered. The crew CWO Wayne E Jones, Wo Don R Harger, Sp5 Joseph Benson and one passenger PFC Ronald James Johnson had their records changed to killed In Action 17 Aug 67.
He told of his childhood and the many places his family lived. From Alaska to Saranac Lake, NY and to several military bases around the world. He eventually in 2016 traveled to Vietnam to visit the area where his Dad's aircraft went down. Wayne is now a guide at the wall in Washington, DC and will be traveling there for Memorial Day. Post members were duly impressed with what he is doing in memory of his Dad and should be congratulated for his efforts.
L to R : Jones, Wayne Jones, George Leduc, Marie Leduc
Bill Oxford, who is running for Legion National Commander (2019-2020) was presented a donation to his campaign fund by Post 532 at the Division meeting. Present for the presentation were Charles Gaines, Dist. 25 Vice CMDR/Post Adjutant, Mark Runge, Post Finance Officer, and Jack Greve, Post Member/Past District Commander who was tasked with making the presentation on behalf of the Post as shown in the photo.