Technician Fifth Grade E.
U. S. Army
18 228 116
October 7, 1926 -
November 18, 1946
Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas
Gold Star Mother
Lucy Vandiver Jones
"Devils in Baggy Pants"
Technician Fifth Grade E. Carter Jones, U. S. Army [October 7, 1926
- November 18, 1946] was born to Thad Carter “T. C.” Jones [June 22,
1901 - February 18, 1980] and Lucy (Vandiver) Jones [August 29, 1901
- July 20, 1985] at Matagorda County, Texas. When Carter was born
the family was living in Matagorda County, then they moved to
Freeport, Brazoria County and then returned to Matagorda County.
Information about Carter’s military service is very sketchy at best.
According to the news article concerning his death, it states he had
been in service approximately three years at the time of the
accident, which would indicate he had joined c.1943/44. There is an
enlistment record stating he enlisted March 23, 1946 - which was a re-enlistment. This was done at Fort Bragg NC where
the 82nd Airborne Division was located. Following the
surrender of Germany, the 82nd was ordered to Berlin for
occupation duty. The division returned to the United States January
3, 1946. Instead of being demobilized, the 82nd made its
permanent home at Fort Bragg, NC, and was designated a regular Army
division on November 14, 1948. In early 1946 the U.S. Army
announced that three special task forces would be organized to
conduct winter exercises. Task Force WILLIWAW was destined for Adak
(in the Aleutian Islands); Task Force FROST was destined for Camp
(now Fort) McCoy WI; and the largest being Task Force FRIGID
(Carter’s assignment) with 1500 military personnel, was also sent to
Alaska. Both FRIGID and WILLIWAW formed at Ft. Ord, CA while FROST
assembled at Camp McCoy. TF FRIGID sailed from San Francisco, CA on
September 7, 1946 arriving at Whittier, AK on September the 11th,
and arrived at its home for the winter - Ladd Field (Now Ft.
Wainwright) on September 12th. In September 1945
relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union worsened and the
possibility of armed conflict played an important role in the Army’s
plan to conduct winter operations in the Arctic. TF FRIGID was
termed a unique outfit comprising “one of everything” in the Army
ground forces. On November 18th a mass parachute jump
was conducted in which Carter participated. According to ground
observers his chute tripped from the carrier as it was supposed to
do, but failed to billow out and retard his drop as did his reserve
parachute. His remains were
returned to Bay City and interred at Cedarvale Cemetery. He was
survived by his parents, T. C. and Lucy, who were living in Bay
Remembrances of T/5 Richard N. "Bud" Budvarson
Company A 505th 82nd Airborne
Task Force Frigid 1946-1947
Ladd Field, Fairbanks, Alaska
|T/5 Budvarson served with T/5 E.
Carter Jones on Task Force Frigid and upon finding this
page dedicated to T/5 Jones, sent the following
remembrances and four pictures.
E. CARTER JONES KILLED MONDAY
IN MASS PARACHUTE JUMP
T/5 E. Carter Jones was killed Monday
in a mass parachute jump, according to a War Department
telegram received by his mother, Mrs. T. C. Jones, here.
According to information received
from the United Press Bureau in Washington, the youthful
soldier was a member of the 505th Parachute regiment
stationed at Ladd Field, Alaska. T/5 Jones was with
Task Force Frigid at the time of his death.
as he was known to his friends here, has been in the
Army approximately three years. He was recently
reassigned to Task Force Frigid and left for Alaska with
his unit several months age.
No further details concerning the
young man’s death were immediately available.
The Daily Tribune, Friday,
November 22, 1946
Army Sergeant Writes
Of Jones’ Death
letter with a clipping from the Fairbanks Miner enclosed was
received here this morning from S/SGT J. S. Orsak of Co. B, 66th
Tank Battalion of Task Force Frigid. The clipping concerned the
recent death of T/5 E. C. Jones who was killed in a mass parachute
jump during maneuvers. The sergeant’s unit was on maneuvers at the
time T/5 Jones was killed.
Miner item states that a board of officers is conducting an
investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. It also
was reported that ground observers said that Jones’ parachute
tripped from the carrier, but failed to billow out and retard his
Memorial services were held Saturday in the Ladd Field Post Chapel.
Jones’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. C . Jones reside here.
The Daily Tribune, Wednesday, November 27, 1946
Memorial services for Lucy
Vandiver Jones, 83, of Bay City, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at
First United Methodist Church of Bay City with the Rev. Bill
Mrs. Jones was born Aug. 29,
1901, in Texas, and died July 20, 1985, at Matagorda General
She was a member of the Bay
City Rebekah Lodge, Gold Star Mothers of the American Legion and
First United Methodist Church of Bay City. She was a charter member
of the Pink Ladies at Matagorda General Hospital and was named Woman
of the Year of Bay City in 1960.
Survivors include a
daughter, Linda Mann of Bay City, two sisters, Jane Lee and Nora
Zeweckies of Richmond; a brother, W. G. Vandiver of Bay City; two
grandsons, William Carter Mann of Needville and John Floyd Mann of
Kosse, Texas; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Thad Jones, and a son, Carter Jones.
In her will, Mrs. Jones
donated her body for medical study.
In lieu of flowers, the
family requests that memorials be made to a favorite charity.
The Daily Tribune,
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
Thad Carter Jones, 78, of
Bay City, died at Matagorda General Hospital on February 18. He was
a member of the AARP and was a retired oil field driller. He was a
resident for the past 25 years. Survivors include: wife, Lucy
Vandiver Jones of Bay City; daughter, Linda Mann of Bay City;
preceded in death by his son E. Carter Jones who was killed in World
War II; two grandchildren: Billy Carter Mann and John Floyd Mann;
one great-grandchild, Brandi Mann, numerous nieces and nephews. The
funeral will be held on Wednesday at the Taylor Brothers Chapel at
10:30 a.m. Arrangements made with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.
The Daily Tribune,
February 18, 1980