Philip Boyd Jones

Second Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps
08 September 1947 - 28 January 1969
Slater, Iowa
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Navy Cross

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Philip Boyd Jones

25 May 2001

Phil was known by his family and friends as "Dutch" as he grew up in a small farm town in rural Iowa. He was my one of my younger brothers by two years.

Dutch was a hero and friend to many people years before before he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross in 1969.

From his brother,
Richard D. Jones, Jr

11 May 2002


by his brother
Ron W Jones
10 Dec 2002

Greater love has no one than this:
That he lay down his life for his friends.

His friends remember him for what he did.
We remember him for who he was.

From his brother,
Doug Jones

The President of the United States
takes pride in presenting the


posthumously to

Second Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps

for service as set forth in the following


For extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company G, Second Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in the Republic of Vietnam on 28 January 1969. During Operation LINN RIVER, the Second Platoon of Company G was patrolling along a stream in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume of fire from hostile soldiers occupying well-concealed emplacements and, after sustaining several casualties, deployed to the marginal shelter of a bomb crater. Observing that the platoon leader was among the casualties, Second Lieutenant Jones mustered his radio operator and a fire team and fearlessly went to the aid of the beleaguered unit. After rapidly assessing the situation and realizing the advantage held by the numerically superior enemy force, he elected to utilize supporting artillery fire upon the North Vietnamese Army positions, but was faced with the necessity to evacuate the casualties who were lying in an unprotected area near the hostile emplacements. Unhesitatingly leading his companion across the fire-swept terrain, he effected the rescue of three of the injured men. As he, with his radio operator, again boldly entered the enemy kill zone and approached to within five meters of the hostile soldiers to evacuate the remaining helpless Marine, Second Lieutenant Jones was seriously wounded, but, determined to save his comrade, ignored his painful injury and was delivering suppressive fire on the North Vietnamese positions when he was mortally wounded. By his courage, selfless concern for his fellow men and unwavering devotion to duty, Second Lieutenant Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Golf Company, 2/26 Marines, lost six men in the fight described in 2ndLt Jones' Navy Cross Citation:
  • 2ndLt Philip B. Jones, Slater, IA (Navy Cross)
  • Pfc Jerry R. Cole, Muskegon, MI
  • Pfc Thomas P. Duggan, Berkeley, CA
  • Pfc Alvin R. Gale, Hyde Park, MA (Navy Cross)
  • Pfc Gary L. Squiers, Toledo, IA
  • Pfc William M. Thomas, Carlsbad, NM
Pfc Alvin Gale, who accompanied 2ndLt Jones in the effort to recover the last wounded Marine, also was awarded the Navy Cross.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his brother,
Richard D. Jones, Jr 
25 May 2001

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