Hattiesburg museum celebrates Black History Month with World War II veteran

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".

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