Born 2 January 1910

Major Paul M. Jones was assigned to the 26th Cavalry Regiment, Philippine Scouts. The 26th found itself engaged against the Japanese shortly after the initial bombing of Manila and withdrew to the Bataan Peninsula per war plan Orange. The surrender of the men found them pushed onto the Bataan Death March and captivity as POW’s. The Japanese shipped POW’s to Japan for slave labor in its war industry. One of these hellships was the Arisan Maru. On the 24th of October 1944, 225 miles east of Hong Kong with 1800 POW’s cramped aboard, and no outward marking to indicate it carried POW’s, the Arisan Maru was struck by a torpedo from the USS Shark and sunk with only nine survivors from the POW’s. It was from these survivors that it is known that after the torpedo struck that Major Jones acted to calm the men during the sinking.

Major Jones was killed in action on the 24th of October 1944. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

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