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Warren Jones Honored
For World War II Heroism

Lt. Col Danny Hughes presents medals to Warren Jones as daughter Mary Lois Hart looks on.          Photo Special to Arab Today

June 19, 2008
It's not unusual for the wheels of government to turn slowly, just ask former Marshall County Sheriff Warren Jones.  Sixty-two years after serving his country in the 82nd Airborne during World War II, Jones finally received the military medals that he had been promised during the war.  Lt. Col Danny Hughes presented the awards to Jones during a surprise ceremony on Sunday June 15.  Jones, who is 88, lives with his daughter Mary Lois Hart and Son-in-Law Jimmy Hart.

Jones had been promised the medals during the war but they never materialized.  In 2007 his son, John Jones, decided it was time that his father received the long delayed recognition that he deserved.  It took another year to clear the red tape and secure the medals.

Almost 63 years after the end of World War II, Warren Jones is honored with ong overdue medals honoring his heroic service.    Photo Special To Arab Today

The hardship and dangers were not the only things that Jones suffered during the war.  He lost his younger brother, Olen Jones, in the war.

Jones was sheriff of Marshall County in the late 50s and early 60s. He was the first state trooper assigned to this area in the early 50s.

He has five children, Mary Lois Hart (who he lives with) of Arab, Kathy Alverson, John Jones and Warren Jones Jr. of Guntersville and Ellen Alverson of Huntsville AL.

He celebrated his 88th birthday last month. Several friends, neighbors and family attended the presentation.

The following is the text of the presentation made by Lt. Col Hughes during the ceremony:

"We are gathered here today to give Warren G. Jones the recognition and honor he deserves for participation in a war that ended 62 years ago.  Because of his valiant efforts along with his military brothers, we have the privilege to be here today as a free nation.

Sgt Warren Jones, for the awards you are about to receive, you are commended for going above and beyond the cal of duty for your efforts during World War II.  Because of your efforts you assisted our Allies with a victory over the opposing forces.  You also helped to ensure that the United States would remain a free country.  Your Nation wishes to thank you for a job well done.  You bring credit upon yourself and the United States Army.

The following awards are being presented:

  • The Bronze Star Medal - Given for service during World War II, displaying heroic service while engaged in military operations involving conflict with opposing armed forces.
  • The Good Conduct Medal - Given for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity while serving in the United States Army.
  • The American Defense Service Medal - It is awarded for service between 8 September 1939 and 7 December 1941 under orders to active duty for a period of 12 months or longer.
  • The American Campaign Medal - Is awarded for service within the American Theater between 7 December 1941 and 2 March 1946 while engaged in combat against opposing forces.
  • The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Triple Bonze Star Attachment and Arrowhead - Is awarded for service within the European-Africa-Middle Eastern Theater between 7 December 1941 and 8 November 1945 while engaged in combat against opposing forces.
  • The World War II Victory Medal - Is awarded for service between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946.
  • The Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp - Army of Occupation of Germany between 9 May 1945 and 5 May 1955.
  • He is also being awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation - which is being awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services for at least 6 continuous months during the period of military operations against opposing forces.  In order to receive this award the unit must display such outstanding devotion and superior performance of exceptionally difficult tasks as to set it apart and above other units with similar missions.  The degree of achievement required is the same as that which would warrant award of the Legion of Merit to an individual.
  • Combat Infantry Badge - Given for duties performed while assigned as an infantryman while under hostile fire.
  • Belgian Fourragere - Given by Charles, Prince of Belgium, Regent of the Kingdom for assisting the Belgian Army in saving the city of Liege and its surroundings from the second occupation of the German Army.
  • Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII - Given for Honorable Service while serving during WWII.
  • Marksman Badge & Rifle Bar."