Local veteran served as combat aviator during World War II
Monday, December 12, 2011
Throughout the years, many children have dreamed about a career in aviation.
In the case of local veteran Francis “Bud” Jones, circumstances born of World War II helped transition such a dream to reality.
Shortly after his graduation from Vienna High School, Jones began attending the University of Missouri in Columbia during the fall of 1941.
A couple of months later, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Jones realized his educational pursuits would ....