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U.S. Army Soldier honored in State Capitol ceremony

Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Todd Hunt

U.S. Army Private First Class William “Hoover” Jones was reported missing in action in North Korea on November 26, 1950 and declared dead by the Army on December 31, 1953.

Jones, a native of Red Oak, North Carolina, was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.

Today, PFC Jones lies in honor in the North Carolina State Capitol today for his service in the Korean War.

In a repatriation ceremony at 10 AM, PFC Jones’ remains were transported into the Capitol by North Carolina National Guard Military Funeral Honors. Throughout the day, veterans and members of the public have come to the Capitol to honor PFC Jones’ service to the nation.

“It’s an honor for the North Carolina National Guard to be a part of this solemn ceremony and to pay respect to this great American,” said Brigadier General Todd Hunt.

Following two summits between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, tensions thawed enough between the two nations that Kim committed to permitting a resumption of U.S. remains recovery.

Korea turned over 55 boxes containing remains of U.S. 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 identified PFC Jones among them.

The NC National guard played taps and Governor Cooper joined Brigadier General Todd Hunt to perform a ceremonial wreath laying in honor PFC Jones’ service and memory.

Governor Cooper ordered 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. 

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.

Funeral services for PFC Jones will be held on Sunday, June 23 at Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, and he will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, August 22