JONES, LOUIS FARR
Rank / Branch:
COL, U.S. AIR FORCE
Date of Birth:
163700N 1060800E (XD220269)
Awards & Decorations:
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LOUIS FARR JONES, COLONEL, U.S. AIR FORCE, SAN ANGELO, TOM GREEN COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nation's Expeditionary Medal-Korea, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon.
Louis Farr Jones was born in San Angelo, Texas and spent his youth and school years there. He was a former Eagle Scout and was very active in high school. He was a 1943 graduate of San Angelo High School.
During World War II, he served as an Army Air Corp Cadet and was stationed at Mathis field in San Angelo. He met his wife Miriam after the war as a student at Texas Tech. He earned a degree in English. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. After the Korean War, he earned a degree in Religious Studies from Baylor University and was ordained as a Baptist Minister. Miriam and Col Jones were the parents of two children, Jana and Jonathon. He remained in the Air Force Reserves after the Korean War and was recalled to active duty with the rank of Major in 1964. He loved to fly and ride motorcycles.
He started his tour in Vietnam in October 1967 and within a few short weeks was shot down over Laos as he was the bombardier/navigator of an F4C. The pilot was able to eject and was rescued.
Name: Louis Farr Jones
Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 29 December 1925
Home City of Record: San Angelo TX (family in Fairfax Co. VA)
Date of Loss:29 November 1967
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 163700N 1060800E (XD220269)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel In Incident: (pilot recovered)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources: Washington Star and Salina (KS) Journal, interviews
SYNOPSIS: Louis, a 22-year veteran of the military, was shot down over Laos on November 29, 1967. He was the bombardier/navigator onboard an F4C Phantom fighter/bomber whose pilot was apparently rescued. The aircraft was downed in Savannakhet Province about 5 miles southwest of the city of Sepone, Laos.
REMAINS RETURNED (27 BONE FRAGMENTS AND A TOOTH) 11-20-2000
POSITIVE ID 11-26-2000
Family did not accept ID originally.
Colonel Louis Farr Jone's remains was buried with full military honors in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in Comal, California on March 10, 2004.
On July 3, 1985, Jones Hall, a student dormitory (Building 239) was dedicated at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. The building is located on the north side of Yale Street opposite the base headquarters.
Golden Gate National Cemetery, Comel, California
Through all of the years of doubt as to Col Jones status, his wife was involved and worked with the League of Missing and Families. She made many trips to Washington, D.C. as an advocate. She also journeyed to Laoas to get information to no avail. She never gave up hope and she was not convinced that the remains which were returned belonged to her husband. Her journey came to an end in 2007 and she is buried next to the remains of her husband.