Staff Sergeant C.O. Jones Receives Fourth Decoration
Chatham - Staff Sergeant Clevis Orlando Jones, 25, who volunteered for army service five years ago, has notified his father, James E. Jones, of Chatham, that he has been awarded a second Silver Star for heroic service rendered in the defense of his country in the Southwest Pacific area.
This is the fourth decoration to be bestowed on Jones by the government in recognition of distinguished service to his country since the declaration of war, he having previously been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a silver Star, and hs received the Purple Heart medal.
Sergeant Jones, one of Uncle Sam's Number One trigger men, is attached to the United States Air Force, serving as a bombardier on a B-17 bomber plane somewhere in the Southwest Pacific.
“Me at Lake Murr[a]y [Oklahoma].”
Lt. Clevis O. Jones
Officers Mail Service
A.A.B. [Ardmore Army Airbase]
[Added note from unknown source:] Lt. Jones enlisted in the A.A.F. in 1939.
By CAPT. ARTHUR E. HOFFMAN (Public Relations Officer, 19th Bomb. Group) PYOTE, Texas., Feb. 1., 1943.
The story of the "Gypsy 93rd", in which Bombardier Clevis O. Jones Chatham, Va., now stationed at Pyote's “Rattlesnake Bomber Base” played a heroic role, could be told today for the first time since the battlewise 93rd Bombardment Squadron returned from the war in the Pacific. It was the first of four such accounts now being unfolded with the aid of the carefully kept diaries of each squadron of the 19th Bombardment Group.
Sgt. Jones a member of this famous group has participated in the Philippine Islands, Java and Australian campaigns. He has received the Silver Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, The Distinguished Flying Cross and the Defense Medal. He was in the first flight of Flying Fortresses to arrive in the Philippine Islands. He was wounded in Java in a strafing attack by the Japanese.
Records show that the 93rd Bombardment Squadron, as a part of the 19th group has seen more active combat service than any other United States heavy bombardment squadron not a part of the 19th group. This squadron has many as many experienced combat officers and men as any in the Army Air Forces, most of them having served in the Philippines and Netherlands East Indies prior to the Australian campaign. The 93rd Squadron made a name for itself in World War I and it has made an unexcelled record in this one. It is an organization of which Americans can be justly proud.
And Uncle Sam is proud of the 93rd Squadron, for on four separate occasions the 93rd Bombardment Squadron as a part of the 19th Bombardment group, has been cited by the Secretary of War for outstanding performance duty in action. Two of these citations were awarded for their participation in the long-range bombing attacks in the vicinity of Rabaul, New Britain. The list of personal citations in the 93rd Bombardment Squadron includes 24 Distinguished Service Crosses, three Soldier's Medals, 136 Silver Stars, 27 Oak Leaf Clusters to Silver Stars, 20 Purple Hearts, two Oak Leaf Clusters to Purple Hearts, 46 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 49 Air Medals, as well as a large number of other medals and ribbons such as the American Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. The Congressional Medal of Honor has been presented to the parents of Capt. Harl Pease.
During their many months of active combat, the squadron is officially credited with having shot down several score Zero type fighters, several float plane type fighters ancl Messerschmidt type fighters, and without seriously damaged scores of others in aerial combat. The estimate of enemy bombers and fighters destroyed on the ground by bombing attacks runs into the hundreds. Enemy shipping hit throughout the Far East includes battleships damaged, cruisers sunk and damaged, destroyers sunk and damaged, submarines sunk or damaged, one 10,000-ton oil tanker sunk, numerous transports sunk and damaged, naval auxiliary vessels sunk or damaged, and troop barges sunk. Although the 93rd flew giant Flying fortresses designed for high-altitude attacks on airdromes, earth-hugging missions against destroyers, transports, and shore installations were successfully carried out.
Staff Sergeant C.O. Jones Receives Fourth Decoration
DANVILLE, Va., Jan. 9  — Clevis O. Jones not many months ago was selling canned goods over the counter of a Chatham grocery store, of which he was assistant manager.
But things have happened swiftly to the Pittsylvania County youth since then and today he is probably one of the most decorated enlisted men in the American armed forces.
When he volunteered, he entered the army air forces. He showed proficiency with the bomb sight and today he is a staff sergeant and he knows where to lay the eggs.
Just now he is at home to get over the sting of missiles from a Japanese Zero in the Pacific, for which wound he was awarded the Purple Heart. But there were other distinctions as he emerged from one attack after another with a record for phenomenal accuracy in bombing. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, then he got the silver star. Not long after he laid a bomb neatly on the flight deck of a Japanese aircraft carrier, he received a cluster of oak leaves. Since he was home he received word that a second cluster had been awarded him.
Like most of these youths who bear that strange hard look of men who have been close companion to death in action, he does not like to talk about his exploits. He could tell many a story if we wanted to but they have to be careful. More than one distinguished fighter has told his tale and has been dressed down when he got back into service — possibly because of exaggerated writing.
Jones is a son of J.E. Jones, of Chatham. He had been much feted since he came home. The old home town lined up to give him a welcome after he came in on the train and there were exercises at the courthouse, where rhetoric lauded him as one of those American boys who know how to fight when the call for national service comes.
And like the others, he's itching to get back into the scrap — which probably won't be long now.
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