Orland D. Jones

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Sergeant Orland Duncan "Buddy" Jones

Marine Corps

19 August 1920 – 3 March 1945

Personal History

Jones was born in Arkansas County, Arkansas on 19 August 1920 to Samuel Oather and Cora B. Jones. He had four siblings and was married to Helen Lively Catron. He attended DeValls Bluff Grammar School, Conway High School, and was enrolled in Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas) from September of 1938 to January of 1940.

Jones worked for the chemical department at Crosset Paper Mills in Crosset, Arkansas, before he entered the United States Marine Corps on August 13, 1940 where he rose to rank of sergeant. He attended boot camp in San Diego and spent five months training at Camp Pendleton, California.

Jones died on 3 March 1945 in Iwo Jima from wounds acquired in conflict and was buried at sea. He is memorialized by a headstone in Huie Cemetery in Clinton, Arkansas as well as the Courts of the Missing memorial in Honolulu.

Awards and Honors

Marine Corps Jump Wings

Purple Heart Medal

Combat Action Ribbon

Presidential Unit Citation with Blue star

Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal

American Defense Medal

American Campaign Medal

Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations Campaign Medal with 4 bronze campaign/battle stars

World War II Victory Medal

Marine Corps Basic Qualification Badge with bars

Marine Sharpshooter Rifle Badge

Induction into the Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame in 2013