William K. Jones Oral History Interview

May 25, 1976; July 14, 1976; September 29, 1976; January 28, 1977
Oral History #OH0033
Jones, William K.; Lennon, Donald R.
Physical description
0.035 Cubic Feet, 7 audiocassettes, 6.25 hour, 126 pages
Preferred Citation
William K. Jones Oral History Interview (#OH0033), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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General Jones graduated from the University of Kansas in 1937 and was commissioned 2d Lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserves in 1938. He describes his early military training, the Marine Corps in the late 1930s, and duty on the Pacific Coast. Jones tells of being transferred to the Atlantic coast prior to the outbreak of W.W. II, shore patrol at Charleston, S.C., and duty at a British base in Iceland.

During interview #2 General Jones discusses his service in the South Pacific during World War II. Attention is given to duty and battle campaigns in and around New Zealand, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa.

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Gift of William K. Jones

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Key terms
Personal Names
Jones, William K. (William Kenefick), 1916-
Corporate Names
United States. Marine Corps--Officers--Interviews
United States. Marine Corps. Marine Regiment, 6th. Battalion, 1st
Generals--United States--Interviews
Korean War, 1950-1953--Amphibious operations
Tarawa, Battle of, Kiribati, 1943
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Japan--Okinawa Island
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Mariana Islands
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean
Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands)--History, Military--20th century
Iceland--History, Military--20th century