Aaron B. Jones

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 78 (1944)

Citation: Private First Class Aaron B. Jones, 34357606, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. On D-Day, Private First Class Jones voluntarily moved far in advance of his unit, under intense enemy fire and across uncharted minefields, and placed accurate rifle fire on a hostile emplacement to cover the approach of his company. When an enemy counterattack in superior numbers threatened the unit, Private First Class Jones courageously crossed several hundred yards of open terrain alone and fired into the flanks of the hostile force. From this dangerous position, he harassed the enemy with rifle fire for a period of five hours and heroically resisted all efforts to dislodge him until the counterattack was repulsed. By his display of personal bravery and indomitable fighting spirit, Private First Class Jones acted in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Georgia.

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