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Pfc. Leo Clement Jones
1913 - 1944
Hand County, South Dakota
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ST. LAWRENCE, SD - Dec. 13, 1944 --
Memorial services for Pfc. Leo Clement Jones will be held at the St. Lawrence Community Church Monday at 2:30 p.m.  Pfc. Jones was killed in action, October 21, 1944, on Leyte Island.

He was born in Hand County, August 26, 1913, to Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Jones, St. Lawrence and attended the Beulah School in Gilbert Township. 

He assisted his father on the farm until, in the spring of 1936, he married Joyce Sorenson.  The couple moved to Chelan Falls, Washington, where Clement worked in an apple drying factory.  They had one son, Darrel Clement, who now lives with his grandparents, Eldon & Blanche Jones. 

Later the couple moved to Bremerton, Washington, and Clement worked as a cook for Teddy Jones in a cafe before again moving to Seattle.  There Clement worked for the Boeing Aircraft Company. 

When he was inducted in December, 1942, he was working at Booth's Fishery in Seattle.  After induction at Fort Lewis, Washington, he was sent to a camp in Georgia as a paratrooper.  While making his first 200 foot jump, he was injured and transferred to Fort Brady, Michigan, where he went into the 131st Infantry.  Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi, Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Ord, California, were three more camps he was stationed in before going overseas in January, 1943.

He took part in the Saipan invasion and then was sent to a rest camp in New Guinea, where he stayed until the invasion of the Philippines.  The last letter from him was written September 27, 1944.

Surviving are his parents, one son, Darrel, a sister, Melvina, Mrs. Eugene Hurlbut, living at home;  two brothers, Leslie, Spokane, Washington, and Maurice, St. Lawrence.