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Jones, Orville W. [Sgt. Driver 1stMR]

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The Top and Me.6 of 8
from  1966-1966, 3519, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)/III MAF  album
Photo taken while we were with either SU #2, 3rdMarDiv or after it was redesignated, HQ, IIIMAF. It was between mid-Feb and mid-March 1966. This photo was taken in front of the office a couple hundred yards from my quarters. My quarters was a shared CP tent down the street from Dog Patch. He was the MSgt pretty much running the Force MT Office, I the NFG who could type. I was the office clerk. Probably a LCpl in this photo although hard to tell. I was promoted to Cpl in March '66, but from this photo I'm now sure how I managed that...must have been a war thing! I look like a soup sandwich and surprised the Sarge didn't put a foot in my ass. He did watch over me me though, but did square me away a couple of times when I obviously needed it. He was a top notch leader and a better SNCO...he always did right by me. He was promoted after he left this tour, and retired about 5-years after rotating to Camp Lejeune, NC. I'm glad I had the chance to work for him. Rest in peace Master Gunny.
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The same appeal to the troops brought Puller one of the most faithful and capable companions of his career--- Sergeant Orville Jones USMC.

Jones was an Okinawa veteran of World War II, a big, slow-moving blond from Bremen, Indiana, who had been an unlicensed driver of steel trucks in the Midwest throughout his teens; he had torn down and reassembled his first old Ford at fifteen.He was a nine-year man in the Corps when he met Puller.