Everett Lawrence – Jones Major, United States Army

From a contemporary press report


Everett L. Jones, 80, a retired Major in the Army Ordnance Corps who later worked as a civilian senior logistics manager for the Defense Communications Agency, died of renal failure February 17, 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He had lived in Alexandria since 1980.

Major Jones began his military career in 1940 when he joined the Army in his native Omaha, giving his age as 18 even though he was two years younger, niece Pat Barnes-McConnell said.

He was assigned to the famed African American 9th Calvary, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, at Fort Riley, Kansas.

At the start of World War II, he was selected to attend Officer Candidate School at the 6th Ordnance Training Brigade at the Aberdeen (Maryland) Proving Ground.

He served as an ammunition officer in France and Germany. He later used his fluency in French as a liaison to a French police unit working to control the illegal trafficking of goods in the Paris area.

He left the service after the war but returned to the military ranks in the buildup to the Korean War. He then served in France, Germany, England, Belgium and Holland in various ordnance assignments.

Margaret E. Barnes Jones, whom he married in 1953, also was assigned to military posts in Europe as an officer in the Women’s Army Corps.

She died in 2000. They were married for 47 years.

Major Jones retired from active military duty in 1960, but he continued to do similar work in logistics and maintenance for the military and other government agencies.

He worked for the Defense Communications Agency, for which he was a senior logistics manager for command control communications and intelligence programs.

He retired from the civil service in 1986 and worked a few years as a senior logistics engineer for Techdyne Systems Corp. in Springfield.

Survivors include a half brother, Johnny Thomas Jones of Washington.


Major, United States Army, Retired, 9th U.S. Calvary “Buffalo Soldier” on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. A Memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at the Post Chapel, Fort Myer, Virginia, at 9 a.m. followed by entombment with Full Honors in Arlington National Cemetery.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 12/11/1944 – 08/31/1960
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 01/09/1924
  • DATE OF DEATH: 02/17/2004
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 04/21/2004

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