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Lieutenant Kenneth H. Jones
McLean County, Illinois

[McLean County, Illinois, in the World War, 1917-1918; by Edward E. Pierson & Jacob Louis Hasbrouck c 1921]
(Transcribed by: Teri Moncelle Colglazier)

With the declaration of war, Kenneth H. Jones of Normal, promptly enlisted and was sent to Fort Howard, Maryland, May 7, 1917, and was assigned to the 3d company C. A. C. He was placed on detached service at the Master Gunners School at Fortress Monroe, Va., August 1, 1917, and then transferred to the national army at Camp Zachary Taylor, Ky., October 1, 1917, with assignment to the 159th Depot Brigade Headquarters Co., later going to Co. C 309 Field Signal Battalion.

October 25 he was promoted to corporal; November 15 to sergeant and December 24 to sergeant 1st class. He then asked for a transfer to the School of Military Aeronautics at Champaign, Ill., graduating April 26, 1918, transferred to Camp Dick, Dallas, Texas; 'thence to Wilbur Wright Field, Dayton, O.; and was commissioned Second Lieutenant August 30, 1918, at Chanute Field.

He then trained in aviation at Brooks Field, San Antonio, Texas; Rockwell Field, San Diego, Gal., and was with the Pursuit Training Department until the close of the war, completing a long and strenuous period of training as an aviator. He received his discharge January 7, 1919, but in April of that year, he was commissioned in the Air Service Officers Reserve Corps.


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