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Date Posted: Sat, November 12 2011, 12:35:11
Author: Don Poss
Author Host/IP: cpe-76-166-233-185.socal.res.rr.com / 76.166.233.185
Subject: Re: A3C-James-Bruce-Jones, KIA, Da Nang, Vietnam
In reply to: Larry Mower 's message, "A3C-James-Bruce-Jones, KIA, Da Nang, Vietnam" on Sat, November 12 2011, 12:31:39

Larry Mower,

There were 17 “James Jones” killed in action in Vietnam. The first of the 17 was James Bruce Jones (1 Jan 1966), one of my tent/hooch-mates, with the last death for that name in 1977 (POW declared MIA/KIA). Only one "James Jones" had the middle initial “B”. Of course, many “James Jones” fought in and survived the Vietnam War, in addition to those serving worldwide at other bases and posts.

The number “25176013” inside the liner could be a service serial number, but not for the Air Force. A link at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Service_number_(United_States_Air_Force) explains the meaning for each USAF service serial number. Through 1965, USAF numbers began with a “1”. Air Force enlisted numbers in 1965 still led with the letters “AF”, which could be an explanation for the “AF or AP” letters, or not, your email mentioned.

A second link at http://users.skynet.be/jeeper/page83.html explains the meaning for each service serial number, for the US Army and National Guard, and that could be a possible number for those services. “HHB 151” is also a possible US Army or National Guard unit designation, such as military police or artillery units, etceteras.

It is likely that an explanation satisfactorily identifying the owner, number(s) and units in the helmet liner in your possession, may never be none (a reader may have more information). Unless you want to retain the helmet liner personally (as a collector, that is likely), you might consider donating it to a military museum for display as an artifact of that era.

Thank you for your concern and the potential for reaching across the decades with a connection between the family and what could have been a possession of James B. Jones. Without a well-established connection between the helmet liner and the Jones family, I would not want to contact his sister concerning this discovery at this time. Nevertheless, many of our association members (as current and retired law enforcement) will appreciate your efforts on a fallen brother’s behalf.

Don Poss,
War-Stories.com Webmaster

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  • Re: A3C-James-Bruce-Jones, KIA, Da Nang, Vietnam -- Larry Mower, Sun, November 13 2011, 13:32:13 (cpe-76-166-233-185.socal.res.rr.com/76.166.233.185)

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