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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 1
Birth:
22 Oct 1946 1
Burlington, Iowa 1
Death:
25 Jun 1971 1
Quang Tri, S. Vietnam 1
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Lt. Charles Thomas Jones, OCS2-70
Lt. Charles Thomas Jones, OCS2-70
Tom was commissioned as 2nd Lt. by his brother, Stephen, at Ft. Benning, GA. His OCS2-70 classmates began having reunions in 2000 and as of 2012 have been having reunions ever since. Their first reunion was in Washington DC where they visited the Vietnam Memorial and Tom's grave at Arlington National Cemetery.
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OC 2-70 at Arlington Cemetery
OC 2-70 at Arlington Cemetery
Tom's OC 2-70 class held their first reunion 30 years after they were commissioned as 2LTs. They went to Arlington Cemetery to visit Tom's gravesite. His grave stone is right by the road and can easily be read as the Arlington Cemetery Tourmobile passes by section 30 on the way to its first stop at JFK's gravesite.
OC 2-70 Class has 1st Reunion
OC 2-70 Class has 1st Reunion
Tom's OC 2-70 class visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at their first reunion on March 25, 1970. They paid their respect to two of their former class members whose names are on "The Wall": 1LT C. Thomas Jones and 1LT Paul G. Magers.
Lt. C. Thomas Jones in Quang Tri, S. Vietnam
Lt. C. Thomas Jones in Quang Tri, S. Vietnam
This picture was taken on June 1, 1971 in Quang Tri. It was on this day that Tom's OCS classmate, 1Lt. Paul Magers, pilot of a Cobra gunship, was shot down near Dong Tri where a team of Army Rangers awaited rescue. Witnesses declared the crash nonsurvivable. On 8-25-2010, Mager's remains came home-buried in MT.
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Above and Beyond Memorial
Above and Beyond Memorial
Above and Beyond Memorial
Above and Beyond Memorial
Above and Beyond Memorial
Above and Beyond Memorial
Above and Beyond Memorial
Above and Beyond Memorial
Charles Thomas Jones, U.S. Army
Charles Thomas Jones, U.S. Army
Lt. Charles Thomas Jones's grave at Arlington National Cemetery
Lt. Charles Thomas Jones's grave at Arlington National Cemetery
Tom's brother, Stephen, a Navy pilot, escorted his body to Arlington National Cemetery from Vietnam, after which he left to join his squadron stationed in the Mediterranean Sea. "The Old Guard" soldiers Tom had served with just 7 months prior to his death rendered him full honors at his burial.
Map of Tom's gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery
Map of Tom's gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery
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Full Name:
Charles Thomas Jones 1
Also known as:
Tom Jones 1
Also known as:
C. Thomas Jones 1
Birth:
22 Oct 1946 1
Burlington, Iowa 1
Male 1
Death:
25 Jun 1971 1
Quang Tri, S. Vietnam 1
Cause: Accidental Self-Destruction 1
Burial:
06 Jul 1971 2
Arlington National Cemetery 2
Residence:
Place: Toledo, Ohio 1
From: 1969 1
To: 1971 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 1
Service Start Date:
30 Jan 1971 1
Service End Date:
25 Jun 1971 1
Enlistment Date:
1969 1
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Religion:
Methodist 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Education:
Institution: Bowling Green State University 1
Place: Bowling Green, Ohio 1
From: 1965 1
To: 1969 1

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Above and Beyond Memorial

Above and Beyond Memorial
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The Above and Beyond Memorial is a powerful and stirring work of art that originally was housed in the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago.  This 10 by 40 foot memorial was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Stein to honor the 58,289 men and women killed in the Vietnam War.  There is one dog tag for each person and on it is imprinted their name, branch of service and the date on which they were killed.  These tens of thousands of metal dog tags hang suspended 24 feet in the air, spaced 1 inch apart and arranged in date order, from fine chains that allow them to move and chime with the shifting air currents.  The last corner dog tag  is black and is suspended just a little lower than the others to commemorate the POWs and MIAs.  This memorial was first opened to the public on Memorial Day 2001 but when the museum moved to it's new quarters in 2012 there was no room to house the Above and Beyond sculpture.  It is currently waiting for a new home.  Tom's name is on one of those dog tags.

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BGSU Memorial Plaque

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Tom's name, along with 24 names of former BGSU students, was added to the BGSU Memorial plaque honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.  The ceremony was held on Veterans weekend at Memorial Hall with Tom's former OCS classmate, Bill Music, in attendance.  The plaque was first dedicated in 1961 honoring former students who had died in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.  David Ridenour, a member of the BGSU ROTC class of 1970 and a Vietnam Vet spearheaded the effort to update the plaque.   You can view part of the dedication here:  Memorial Plaque Dedication

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Remembrances of Soldiers from 1st Platoon

From Leonard "Lenny" Lowery - I was in first platoon, and Tom (as opposed to our Lt. Rick Jones) was the platoon leader of second platoon.  I was not around him much, but he seemed like someone I would liked to have served under.  He cared very much about his men, and as I was told after I was dusted off, he died trying to save some of them.

From Mike Brown - I do remember Lt. Tom Jones.  He was a good guy.  He and Rick Jones were very close so I saw him around a lot.  I was with 1st platoon under Lt. Rick Jones; I was his FO and Radio Operator at the time Tom died.  I carried the radio so when we heard what had happened it bothered us all very buch.  He did a very brave thing that day trying to save others.  He seemed always upbeat and full of energy.  I don't remember how long he was with Charley Co., but he impressed me.  I have some other memories of Tom it's just hard to dig them out after 41 years.  Lt. Rick Jones died in a car accident in Georgia (about 2009).

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Remembrances of Soldiers from Tom's platoon

Lt. C. Thomas Jones in Quang Tri, S. Vietnam

Jeff Swisher - Tom's Radio Operator

I proudly served as radio operator for L-T Jones in Viet Nam.  He was a man of integrity that everyone liked and respected.  I was on R & R when he was killed.  Rest in peace brother.  I will see you again someday.

Note:  Jeff worked side by side with Lt. Jones 24 hours a day when they were in the field.  He transferred out of C Company and into Battalion operations 2 weeks before Tom died.  He went on R & R in Hawaii and was there when he died.  He and Tom worked closely as a team for 5 months and they had each other's backs on more than 1 occasion.

 

David "Weed" Wedin - Tom's M-60 gunner

 I was lucky to have served with LT Jones in Viet Nam. I always joked with him about being on the first chopper into the LZ with him and my M-60. When I asked why, he always responded "I'ts because I like and trust you. " I always told him I wish he didn't like me so much. I will always remember how great a person he was. I wasn't there when he died, I was just returning from a In-country R&R to China Beach (One he sent me on). I was honored to serve with him and will always remember.

Note: David Wedin took the photo of Tom in Vietnam.  He also provided the following stories.

Sleeping in Vietnam:

To try to keep ourselves safe at night in the jungles of Vietnam, we would set up a series of wires that were low to the ground around the camp.  The wires were attached to a grenade and if the Viet Cong would try to sneak up on us at night they would trip the wire and set off the grenade.

Besides worrying about the enemy, there were also tigers to be concerned about as well as the ever-present leeches that would attach themselves to us while we were sleeping.  We had to pick them off of us in the morning.  I still have scars from these leeches.

A Light-hearted Moment:

Wedin tells the story of a time when the platoon was beside a river.  He and another platoon member decided to have some fun with “LT” and throw him in the water.  What they didn’t know, however, was that Tom had been captain of the wrestling team in high school and they were the ones who ended up in the river while Tom stood on the bank laughing at them! 

 

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Remembrance of an "Old Guard" platoon member

Joseph DeLalla-  in Tom's "Old Guard" platoon

I served under "LT" Jones at Fort Myer as a member of the Old Guard in 1970 and 1971. LT was bright, an excellent officer, and fair to his men. His loss affected us all. To his family, I can say that LT had a positive impact on my life as a role model, and it made me and others better men. He taught us "There are those who remember...", a statement which we never could have believed we would apply to the LT.  I remember, and I am sure there are many others whose lives he touched in only the way he could.

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OC 2-70

Ft. Benning, Georgia

OC 2-70 at Arlington Cemetery
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After attending Bowling Green State University, Tom went to Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, GA.  He was in Sixth Platoon, 60th Company, 6th Battalion, The Candidate Brigade, US Army Infantry School and a member of the OC 2-70 class (2nd graduating class of 1970.)  He was commissioned on January 23, 1970 as a 2LT by his brother, Steve, who was a Naval aviator. Tom attended Army Airborne School "Jump School" after which he reported to Fort Myer, Virginia, where he had been selected to B Company, 1st Battalion (Reinf), 3rd Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard."   Members of his OC 2-70 class began having reunions in March 2000 and their first reunion was in Washington, DC where they visited Tom's gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery.  They have a website where you can view pictures of their days at Ft. Benning as well as view their reunions: OC 2-70 Reunions

 

Thomas Corrigan, Sixth Platoon:

Tom was a wonderful guy and someone you could count on to help out whenever possible. It has been 40+ years since he passed away but his memory is still present with all our classmates. 

After we graduated, I was stationed at Fort Benning and Tom stayed with me for three weeks while we both attended Airborne School. After that, as you know, Tom went up to DC and was stationed at the "Old Guard" which was one of the prestigious assignments in the Army. In order to be accepted, you had to be of certain stature and character. Prior to me heading to Vietnam, I visited Tom and he was the person who put me on the plane to that country.

(All classmates were given nicknames.  Tom's was Twiggylegs!"  When I asked about that, this is what he said;)

On a lighter side, I did want to relate to your comment about Tom's "Twiggy" legs. Back when we were going through OCS, there was a very skinny model that had "Twiggy" as her nickname. If I recall correctly (hard to do after all these years), Tom got the nickname not so much for having skinny legs but because on certain occasions, he would raise up on his tiptoes to give out a command. We were all pretty thin in OCS and when Tom was on his toes, he did look like a skinny model.

 

CJ Spence (Sixth Platoon) another OCS classmate tells this story: 

Todd Ezell (Fifth Platoon; also a member of "The Old Guard") and Tom had a thing going the whole time during OCS on football...who was #1 - Ohio State or University of Texas?

Note: being from Ohio I have to side with Tom on this one!

 

 

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Ft. Myer, "The Old Guard"

Ft. Myer, Virginia

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Tom was in “B” Company, 1st Battalion (Reinf), 3rd Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” at Fort Myer, Virginia.  He was leader of 2nd platoon and after giving a speech to an incoming 1970 class, his commanding officer, Col. Robert M. Daugherty, was so impressed that he sent a copy of Tom’s speech to all officers in “The Old Guard” saying, “I feel this has something to offer for each of us regardless of age, rank, or time in ‘The Old Guard.’”

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Beta Theta Pi Scholarship

After his death, Tom's fraternity brothers in the Delta Delta chapter of Beta Theta Pi at BGSU set up a scholarship in his memory.  Beta Theta Pi no longer has a chapter at BGSU.

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Biographical Sketch

Tom was born in Burlington, Iowa on October 22, 1946 to Charles L. and Peggy King Jones.  Tom graduated from Piqua Central High School in Piqua, Ohio and attended BGSU where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He enlisted in the Army and attended OCS at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he obtained his commission as 2nd lieutenant. His brother, Steve, who was a lieutenant in the Navy, had the honor of swearing him in. Tom attended Jump School after which he reported to Fort Myer, Virginia, where he had been selected to B Company, 1st Battalion (Reinf), 3rd Infantry Regiment The Old Guard. In January of 1971, 1LT Jones deployed to Vietnam where he was platoon leader of C Company, 1-327th, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

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