Jones, Alan, born 1894, in Glendale, Washington, a son of Jessie M. Jones and Milton S Jones. He was raised in Walla Walla, Washington, and attended Whitman College and the University of Washington. Jones was working as a laborer for the Union Pacific Railroad in Seattle in 1917 when he applied for a commission in the U.S. Army. During WWI in 1917, Jones was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the army. He served in Europe with the 43rd Infantry Division. After “The Great War” he also served with the 45th Infantry Division. He attended several Infantry and Artillery Schools and after he made a tour in Hawaii, he was assigned Assistant Division Commander of the 90th Infantry Division, nicknamed “Tough ‘Ombres” or “Texas-Oklahoma Division” under General James Van Fleet . In early March of 1943 he organised the new 106th Infantry Division at Camp Jackson ,S.C., trained it and went over to Europe with his Division to participate in the Battle of the Bulge. General Jones commanded the 106th, nickname “Golden Lion” till the 22nd of December 1944, when he suffered a heart attack and was succeeded by his assistant Commander, Brigadier-General Herbert Towle Perrin. At the end of the war the division had seen 63 days of combat. It had suffered 417 KIA, 1.278 WIA, and 53 died of wounds. It lost 6.697 personnel taken prisoner. Of that total, 6.500 POWs were eventually returned to American military control after being released at war’s end. The remainder were listed MIA. Among General Jones’ decorations are: the Purple Heart, the Legion of Honour and the French Croix de Guerre. He was a member of the Army and Navy Club and the 106th Infantry Division Association, where he was a gladly seen guest at reunions.
General Alan Jones Jones was diagnosed with cancer in 1968. His condition steadily worsened and in December he was moved to Walter Reed Hospital for treatment. He died there on 22-01-1969, age 75.
Death and burial ground of Jones, Alan Walter.
He is buried with his wife Alys, born Pickering, who died very old age 99, in 1998, at Arlington Military Cemetery, Section 11. His close neighbours in Section 11 are the, Lieutenant General, Commanding General, Normandy, Henry Aurand, Air Force Brigadier General, Chief of Staff Second Air Force, Nathan Forrest III, General Lieutenant, Commander of the 10th Mountain Division, Georg Hays, Lieutenant Colonel and Fighter ace, “The Boise Bee”, Duane Beeson, 1* Major General, Commanding General 7th Armored Division, Lindsay McDonald Silvester and General, Vogues Forests, 36th Infantry Division, nicknamed “Arrowhead” , he arrested Reichsmarshal, Hermann Goering, John Dahlquist.