VIETNAM - JONES, LARRY HUGH

Jones, Larry Hugh

VIETNAM - JONES, LARRY HUGH
JONES, LARRY HUGH

Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: E Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 19-Nov-1947

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 20-Oct-1966

Start of tour: 5-Apr-1967

Incident date: 3-Feb-1968

Date of casualty: 3-Feb-1968

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Larry Hugh Jones died from fragment wounds received while on combat operation when engaged hostile force in firefight. / (Individual transported to 93rd Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh.)

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP4 Don Ray Gilbert
SP4 Larry Hugh Jones

Location of fatality: Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, YT 003 178

Place of interment: Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery, Owensboro, Kentucky, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 37E 009 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR LARRY HUGH JONES
3 FEBRUARY 1968
E TROOP, 2nd SQUADRON
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Jones distinguished himself by valorous actions on 3 February 1968, while serving as a Machine Gunner with Troop E, 2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, during a reconnaissance in force mission approximately five kilometers north of Bien Hoa.  When several infantry elements became pinned down by an estimated two companies of Viet Gong, Specialist Jones’ track was one of the first to speed to their aid. Once at the scene of the fire fight, Specialist Jones directed a devastating barrage of highly accurate suppressive fire upon the enemy. His courageous actions enabled the friendly forces to gain fire superiority in the fierce engagement. While relieving pressure on the pinned-down infantrymen, Specialist Jones was mortally wounded by shrapnel from an ant-tank round. Specialist Four Jones’ personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 1471 (19 March 1968)

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