The History of the 101st Airborne Division is the epic story of the Division from its activation in August 1942 through the completion of Operation Desert Storm in April 1991. The Division?s progression through the sky took decades of hard work and tens of thousands of dedicated soldiers. In World War II, the 101st became the first American troops to set foot in occupied France, when, on 6 June 1944, its paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines, clearing the way for the 4th ...
The History of the 101st Airborne Division is the epic story of the Division from its activation in August 1942 through the completion of Operation Desert Storm in April 1991. The Division’s progression through the sky took decades of hard work and tens of thousands of dedicated soldiers.
In World War II, the 101st became the first American troops to set foot in occupied France, when, on 6 June 1944, its paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines, clearing the way for the 4th Infantry Division landing on Utah Beach. The Division would become famous for its work in Holland during Operation Market Garden, and for its successful defense of Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge.
In Vietnam, the “Screaming Eagles” engaged in battle from 1965 to 1972, when they began their evolution to Air Mobile by deploying by helicopter. In the Gulf War, the Division fired the first shots of Operation Desert Storm by destroying Iraqi radar sites, and during ground war of the operation, they made the longest and largest air assault in history.
In every engagement and during the training periods in between, the 101st Airborne Division has honored the words of its first commander, General William C. Lee, that it has a “rendezvous with destiny.” This book is a fitting record of that history, and of the men who are proud to be called “Screaming Eagles.”
Colonel Jones was born 19 July 1917, Montreal, Canada. He was commissioned in the United States Army as a 2nd Lt Infantry, 22 May 1939. Jones served in Troop F, 111th Cavalry, NMNG, CCC, and 33 years Active Duty. He graduated from Parachute School 23 May 1942, and was assigned to 502d PIR; he served in various assignments, to include participation in Normandy and Rhineland Campaigns WWII. Jones was injured in Holland during Operation Market Garden while commanding "H" Company, 502d PIR, and returned to the US in February 1945 for hospitalization.
Colonel Jones was assigned to Airborne School, Ft. Benning, GA, May 1945 to May 1948, then assigned to 511th PIR, 11th ABN DIV, at Camp Haugen, Japan. He was subsequently assigned to the 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division April 1949. Jones participated in the Inchon landing as Company Commander "C" Company, 32d Infantry. He was a participant in the Chosin Reservoir attack in North Korea as S1 of the 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry, and led the remnants of that Battalion, consisting of 3 officers and 18 soldiers, out of Chosin Reservoir attached to the 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He remained in Korea as BN CO and XO of the Battalion engaging in five offensive campaigns. Colonel Jones returned to the United States in June 1951.
Jones served a tour as an Airborne Instructor at the Command and General Staff College 1951-1954 which was followed by a three year tour in Hawaii as a National Guard Advisor, G3 Staff Officer and as G5 US Army Pacific. His next assignments were with the 1st Airborne Battle Group, 327th Infantry 1957-1960, and as Executive Officer, Deputy Commander and Group Commander, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.
In 1960 Jones was assigned as an Infantry Unit Advisor to the Turkish Third Army. In 1961 at the expiration of his overseas tour, he was selected to attend the US Army War College. After completing the USAWC he was assigned to Special Warfare Directorate, Office of the Chief of Staff for Operations, Department of the Army at the Pentagon 1962-1964, then to the Joints Chiefs of Staff J3, Pacific Division actively engaged in planning and operations of the Vietnam Conflict. In August 1966, Jones left on another overseas tour initially assigned to USAEUR Heidelberg, and then assumed command of the 10th Special Forces Group (ABN) Bad Toelz, Germany. Upon return of the Group to the United S