Cpt. Joe K. Jones

HQ Company, 14th Infantry Regiment, 71st Infantry Division

Joe Kenneth Jones was born on June 13, 1923 in Dacusville, SC. Joe attended Clemson A&M College in September, 1940. He received orders to report to Fort Jackson on June 14, 1943 and was sent to basic training at Camp Croft near Spartanburg. On June 14, 1944, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and was assigned to the 71st Infantry Division out of Camp Carson, Colorado.

Joe arrived overseas on February 6, 1945 and was made the commanding officer of a weapons platoon of 36 soldiers. He first saw action on March 19, 1945 when he and his troops first entered into combat in Bitche, France. He fought his way through Germany and Austria. In April 1945, the 71st Infantry Division freed Gunskirchen Lager, and Mauthausen, Austria, two Nazi concentration camps. Joe stayed in Europe until June, 1946 to assist displaced citizens, help keep order in Germany, arrest the remaining Nazis, transport prisoners, and continue training for combat with the Japanese. Just before he returned home, he was promoted to Captain.

He was discharged on September 13, 1946.