Korean War Vet to lie in honor at State Capitol

Jun 20, 2019

A Korean War veteran will lie in honor at the State Capitol Friday, June 21 after the return of his remains last year. U-S Army Private First Class William “Hoover” Jones was a native of Red Oak in Nash County. He served with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action in North Korea in November 1950. He was declared dead in December 1953 and posthumously honored with several medals including the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.  Last year North Korea returned 55 boxes containing the remains of U-S service members killed during the Korean War. PFC Jones’ remains were identified by scientists at the POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. His remains will lie in honor Friday at the state Capitol beginning at 10:00 am. Gov. Roy Cooper will lay a wreath at that time. The Governor also ordered the lowering of flags to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday at all state facilities. The public can pay their respects Friday 10:00 am through 3:00 pm. A funeral service for PFC Jones will occur Sunday in Rocky Mount at Word Tabernacle Church. He’ll be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemeteryon August 22.