Hattiesburg museum celebrates Black History Month with World War - WDAM.COM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Hattiesburg museum celebrates Black History Month with World War II veteran

Posted: Updated:
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The African American Military History Museum continues to celebrate Black History Month.

On Saturday residents were able to meet and greet World War II veteran James B. Jones. The Private First Class was a member of the 761st Tank Battalion, the first African American tank unit to fight in combat.

Jones spoke on his many experiences while serving his country including meeting Dr. Martin Luther King. Although he traveled and lived in several places including Paris and Europe, the Laurel native says he's grateful to be recognized by the museum for Black History Month and he always enjoys visiting the City of Hattiesburg.

Jones is only 1 of 10 living members of the African American 761st Tank Battalion, known as the “Black Panthers”.

Copyright 2014 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • LOCALLOCALMore>>

  • First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

    First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:34 AM EDT2014-04-24 05:34:03 GMT
    By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekersMore >>
    Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents.More >>
  • US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

    US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:51:08 GMT
    By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already servedMore >>
    The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday.More >>
  • Spacewalking astronauts complete urgent repair job

    Spacewalking astronauts complete urgent repair job

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:39 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:39:06 GMT
    Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full strength. The two Americans on board, Rick MastracchioMore >>
    Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full strength.More >>