First Lieutenant Lowell E. Jones was born 8 February 1919 in Ada, Oklahoma. He enlisted into the Army in 1941. As a member of the 45th Infantry Division, Jones served during the invasion of Sicily on 10 July 1943. From June 1946 through August 1949 Jones served at Ft. Benning, Georgia, as a Light Weapons Infantry Leader. In November 1949 Jones was a 2LT assigned to Company C, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. In response to President Truman’s order for ground forces into Korea as a result of the North Korean Peoples’ Army attack on South Korea on 25 June 1950, the 24th Infantry Division was closest to Korea and was the first US Army division to respond. On 10 August 1950 near the town of Changyong, the enemy from a high position was pouring deadly fire into Jones’ company position. Experiencing heavy casualties and threatening the entire Second Battalion, Jones, with utter disregard for his own safety, advanced through the hailstorm of fire to an exposed position and located the enemy machine gun that hampered the battalion’s position. Jones fearlessly engaged the machine gun position until it was destroyed. For his gallantry in action, he was awarded the Silver Star Medal.
November 11, 2021
Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame inductee Lowell Jones