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Jones was born in Oregon. When he was 10 years old, 1 of his sisters contracted tuberculosis so his mother elected to move the family to Tucson.After high school in Tuscon, he attended courses at the University of Arizona from 1932 to 1936. In college, he was part of the ROTC program and upon graduating he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Army Reserve in the cavalry.Jones had gone into the Army just to have a job.Congressman Tomlinson from Texas had a bill passed to have 1000 reserve officers taken from all branches and given a comprehensive exam. The top 50 would be placed on active duty for 1 year. Jones was accepted.In the spring of 1936 Jones and another officer went to Beaumont General Hospital for a flight physical.In June 1937 Jones reported to flight training.After basic, primary, and advanced flying at Kelley Field, Jones got his pilots wings.During primary training Jones flew the PT-3, PT-11, and PT-13 [Annotator's Note: trainer aircraft]. In basic training he flew the BT-9 [Annotator's Note: North American Aviation trainer aircraft]. At Kelley Field they flew technical airplanes.In June 1938 Jones graduated in class 38-B.Jones was assigned to the 17th Group. In 1940 or 1941 the group split.In 1940 and 1941 Jones was on maneuvers. They would move as a group, 40 or 50 B-25s. The maneuvers brought them to North Carolina and Augusta, Georgia.The group had moved from Augusta, Georgia to San Diego, California for maneuvers with the navy. They were in San Diego on 7 December [Annotator's Note: 7 December 1941].Prior to the 7 December attack there had been rumors among the pilots. They believed that if the Japanese did attack that they could defeat the Japanese without any trouble.Some pilots left the service and joined the RAF [Annotator's Notes: Royal Air Force] and RCAF [Annotator's Notes: Royal Canadian Air Force] .When the Japanese attacked it was a big shock. Jones' home base was McCord Field in Tacoma, Washington. They were moved to Pendelton, Oregon on 8 December. There were rumors of a Japanese attack through Alaska.
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