Murphy Neal Jones


 

Preferred Name: Neal

Nickname/Call Sign: Neal

Date of Birth: 01/03/1938

Highest Military Grade Held: O-6, Colonel

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

CAPTAIN MURPHY NEAL JONES, USAF, 333rd TFS, had an exciting day…Here is how Chris Hobson described it and the events of the day…”POL storage had become a regular target by the end of the month and on the 29th the heaviest raid so far on a POL target was made in two simultaneous strikes by 46 USAF and USN aircraft. Navy aircraft from the Constellation and the Ranger hit a storage site on the outskirts of Haiphong, while Air Force struck storage sites close to Hanoi.

This was the closest that raids had come to North Vietnam’s two major citiesMajor James H. Kasler, the operations officer of the 354th TFS planned and led the USAF strike force that consisted of F-105s from both Takhli wings. Some of the Thunderchiefs made more than one pass over the target and it was on CAPTAIN JONES’ first pop-up to attack that his aircraft was hit by 85mm AAA. The aircraft quickly became uncontrollable and the pilot ejected just one mile north of Hanoi’s Gia Lam airport. CAPTAIN JONES was wounded in the leg by shrapnel from the flak burst. He also sustained a compression fracture of his spine and a severely broken left arm when he ejected at a very low altitude and was not able to assume the correct ejection posture before his seat fired.

I was immediately captured by about 25 North Vietnamese. Shortly after capture, I was subjected to inhumane treatment during interrogation. That same night, I was forced to ride through the streets of Hanoi on a truck. There were times when I wanted to die to end this ordeal, but my faith in God, my country, my family and the American people gave me the strength to endure it. I considered myself very patriotic when I was captured, but the patriotism I felt at that time is only a fraction of what I feel now. There is no denying that we have some problems in our country, but it is still by far the greatest country in the world.

From what I have seen and what I have experienced in North Vietnam, it is my sincere belief that those brave men who did not return did not die in vain. God bless all of you for everything you have done for us and God bless our
wonderful country.

I was on my third tour of duty when I was shot down. I was released back to the United States on 12 February 1973…Three other F-105s sustained battle damage on the strike at Hanoi.

Biography

Flew T-34, T-37, T-33, T-38, F-100 C/D/F, F-105 D/F and one ride in the wonderful F-15 when I was 63. Sierra Hotel!

My wife, Glenda, and I throughly enjoyed our 21 1/2 years in the Air Force where we made wonderful friends with so many people  Yes, there were some hardships like having to move ever few years and putting your household goods in storage and finding new schools.

It was particularly hard on Glenda when I was shot down and captured.  But like many other military wives she rallied.  She moved from Japan to Baton Rouge and raised our son who was 6 years old at the time and our daughter who was 3. She had to be both Mom and Dad.  Not only did she buy a house, but earned a degree in Elementary Education from LSU.  When I was Commander of the 357th TFS, she was fondly called “the Little General”.

I am proud to have served my country during some very difficult times.  I had to learn you don’t lose until you quit trying.  Paraphrasing Shakespeare, “He who sheds his blood with me shall forever be my brother”.

After retirement, I was Vice President for Development and International Marketing at Cypress international in Alexandria, VA representing several U.S. and foreign defense firms.  In 1990, my alma mater, Tulane, offered me a position as Director of Development for Athletics.

Since I had played football there, it was a dream job.  I retired in 2000 after 10 years.  I was honored to be inducted into Tulane’s Athletic Hall of Fame.  I was also inducted into Hall of Fame at my high school, Baton Rouge High.  I now spend several hours a day dreaming of flying!!!

Units Assigned

  • Jun ’60-Dec ’60 Class 62A Primary Pilot Trng, Graham AB, FL T-34/T-37
  • Jan ’61-Aug ’61 Basic Pilot Trng Reese AFB, TX T-33
  • Aug ’61-Jan ’62 Luke AFB, AZ F-100 Fighter Trng
  • Jan ’62-Mar ’62 Nellis AFB, NV F-100 Fighter Trng
  • Apr ’62-Sept ’63 England AFB, LA 401st TFW/612th TFS
  • Sept ’63-Dec ’63 Nellis AFB F-105 Trng
  • Dec ’63-Jun ’66 Itazuke AB/Yokota AB 8th TFW/80th TFS (flew combat at Korat AB & Takhli AB, Thailand)
  • 29 Jun ’66-12 Feb ’73 POW North Vietnam
  • 17 Feb-Aug ’73 Keesler AFB Hospital, MS (recuperation & leave)
  • Aug ’73-Dec ’738 Armed Forces Staff College, VA
  • Jan ’74-Mar ’74 Randolph AFB  (recurrence flying T-38)
  • Apr ’74-Jul ’78 Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 355th TFW/357th TFS (Commander 1975-’77)
  • Aug ’78-Mar ’79 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • April ’78-Jan ’80  Pentagon, Chief of War And Mobilization Division and Chairman of WRM Panel
  • 1 Jan ’80 RETIRED

Awards & Decorations

Silver Star
Purple Heart (2)
Air Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Prisoner of War Medal

Flight Info

T-34
T-37
T-33
T-38
F-100 C/D/F
F-105 D/F

Military Education

  • Squadron Officer School ( correspondence)
  • Command and Staff College (correspondence)
  • Armed Forces Staff College
  • Air War College

Civilian Education

  • BA Tulane University
POW/Shot Down

CAPTAIN MURPHY NEAL JONES, USAF, 333rd TFS, had an exciting day…Here is how Chris Hobson described it and the events of the day…”POL storage had become a regular target by the end of the month and on the 29th the heaviest raid so far on a POL target was made in two simultaneous strikes by 46 USAF and USN aircraft. Navy aircraft from the Constellation and the Ranger hit a storage site on the outskirts of Haiphong, while Air Force struck storage sites close to Hanoi.

This was the closest that raids had come to North Vietnam’s two major citiesMajor James H. Kasler, the operations officer of the 354th TFS planned and led the USAF strike force that consisted of F-105s from both Takhli wings. Some of the Thunderchiefs made more than one pass over the target and it was on CAPTAIN JONES’ first pop-up to attack that his aircraft was hit by 85mm AAA. The aircraft quickly became uncontrollable and the pilot ejected just one mile north of Hanoi’s Gia Lam airport. CAPTAIN JONES was wounded in the leg by shrapnel from the flak burst. He also sustained a compression fracture of his spine and a severely broken left arm when he ejected at a very low altitude and was not able to assume the correct ejection posture before his seat fired.

I was immediately captured by about 25 North Vietnamese. Shortly after capture, I was subjected to inhumane treatment during interrogation. That same night, I was forced to ride through the streets of Hanoi on a truck. There were times when I wanted to die to end this ordeal, but my faith in God, my country, my family and the American people gave me the strength to endure it. I considered myself very patriotic when I was captured, but the patriotism I felt at that time is only a fraction of what I feel now. There is no denying that we have some problems in our country, but it is still by far the greatest country in the world.

From what I have seen and what I have experienced in North Vietnam, it is my sincere belief that those brave men who did not return did not die in vain. God bless all of you for everything you have done for us and God bless our
wonderful country.

I was on my third tour of duty when I was shot down. I was released back to the United States on 12 February 1973…Three other F-105s sustained battle damage on the strike at Hanoi.

Biography

Biography

Flew T-34, T-37, T-33, T-38, F-100 C/D/F, F-105 D/F and one ride in the wonderful F-15 when I was 63. Sierra Hotel!

My wife, Glenda, and I throughly enjoyed our 21 1/2 years in the Air Force where we made wonderful friends with so many people  Yes, there were some hardships like having to move ever few years and putting your household goods in storage and finding new schools.

It was particularly hard on Glenda when I was shot down and captured.  But like many other military wives she rallied.  She moved from Japan to Baton Rouge and raised our son who was 6 years old at the time and our daughter who was 3. She had to be both Mom and Dad.  Not only did she buy a house, but earned a degree in Elementary Education from LSU.  When I was Commander of the 357th TFS, she was fondly called “the Little General”.

I am proud to have served my country during some very difficult times.  I had to learn you don’t lose until you quit trying.  Paraphrasing Shakespeare, “He who sheds his blood with me shall forever be my brother”.

After retirement, I was Vice President for Development and International Marketing at Cypress international in Alexandria, VA representing several U.S. and foreign defense firms.  In 1990, my alma mater, Tulane, offered me a position as Director of Development for Athletics.

Since I had played football there, it was a dream job.  I retired in 2000 after 10 years.  I was honored to be inducted into Tulane’s Athletic Hall of Fame.  I was also inducted into Hall of Fame at my high school, Baton Rouge High.  I now spend several hours a day dreaming of flying!!!

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • Jun ’60-Dec ’60 Class 62A Primary Pilot Trng, Graham AB, FL T-34/T-37
  • Jan ’61-Aug ’61 Basic Pilot Trng Reese AFB, TX T-33
  • Aug ’61-Jan ’62 Luke AFB, AZ F-100 Fighter Trng
  • Jan ’62-Mar ’62 Nellis AFB, NV F-100 Fighter Trng
  • Apr ’62-Sept ’63 England AFB, LA 401st TFW/612th TFS
  • Sept ’63-Dec ’63 Nellis AFB F-105 Trng
  • Dec ’63-Jun ’66 Itazuke AB/Yokota AB 8th TFW/80th TFS (flew combat at Korat AB & Takhli AB, Thailand)
  • 29 Jun ’66-12 Feb ’73 POW North Vietnam
  • 17 Feb-Aug ’73 Keesler AFB Hospital, MS (recuperation & leave)
  • Aug ’73-Dec ’738 Armed Forces Staff College, VA
  • Jan ’74-Mar ’74 Randolph AFB  (recurrence flying T-38)
  • Apr ’74-Jul ’78 Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 355th TFW/357th TFS (Commander 1975-’77)
  • Aug ’78-Mar ’79 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • April ’78-Jan ’80  Pentagon, Chief of War And Mobilization Division and Chairman of WRM Panel
  • 1 Jan ’80 RETIRED

Awards & Decorations

Silver Star
Purple Heart (2)
Air Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Prisoner of War Medal

Flight Info

T-34
T-37
T-33
T-38
F-100 C/D/F
F-105 D/F

Military Education

  • Squadron Officer School ( correspondence)
  • Command and Staff College (correspondence)
  • Armed Forces Staff College
  • Air War College

Civilian Education

  • BA Tulane University
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