On Friday, US Army Private First Class William “Hoover” Jones will lie in honor at the North Carolina State Capitol. On Friday, June 21, 2019, at 10am, Governor Cooper will lay a wreath in his memory and present PFC Jones’s family with United States and North Carolina flags flown over the State Capitol.
Governor Cooper will order North Carolina and United States flags to fly at half-staff from sunup to sundown on Friday in memory of PFC Jones and all those who have fought for our country overseas and never returned home.
The public is invited to pay their respects to PFC Jones in the State Capitol on Friday, June 21, 2019, 10am-3pm.
PFC Jones, a native of Red Oak, North Carolina, was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division during the Korean War. He was reported missing in action in North Korea on November 26, 1950 and declared dead by the Army on December 31, 1953. PFC Jones was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Last year, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) turned over 55 boxes containing remains of US service members killed during the Korean War to the United States. Scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii later individually identified PFC Jones among them.
A US Army Honor Guard from Fort Bragg will receive PFC Jones’s remains at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Funeral services for PFC Jones will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, NC, and he will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, Virginia) on Thursday, August 22, 2019.
Source: Ford Porter, NC Office of the Governor