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Ninety-one year old Laurel resident finally receives WWII medals

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

A ninety-one year old Laurel resident was honored Saturday morning for being part of World War II.

The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum located at Camp Shelby presented Private First Class James B. Jones with seven different awards.

Jones is a World War II veteran and a member of the 761st Tank Battalion, the first African-American tank unit to fight in combat. He had never received his service medals, but on Saturday Camp Shelby, the museum, and Congressman Steven Palazzo awarded him with all his decorations.

“I'm not representing me, I’m representing those boys who could not make it for today, who done more than I have ever done,” said Jones. “They gave their lives and the only thing that I can says is that I hope that young people appreciate the accomplishments that have been made for them and they take the best of it.”

Jones is only 1 of 10 living members of the African-American 761st Tank Battalion.  

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