Byron is survived by his lovely wife Mary (86), daughter Cathye (66) in Santa Fe, NM, and son Byron Robert (61) In Beverly Hills, CA. Mary and Byron also had two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mary has moved to Sante Fe to be near Cathye and enjoy the city which Mary and Byron had often visited.
I was assigned to Tinian in VMTB-242 where the B-29″s were stationed also. We shared the runway. I was there when the B-29 Enola Gay took off with the atomic bomb to bomb Hiroshima, Japan and later on (3 days later) another B-29 flew to Nagasaki, Japan to drop another atomic bomb. I was also sent up to Iwo Jima with VMTB-242 to fly around the island.
My phone number is (919) 384-2325. Call me to talk about the experience.
My father John Riley Jones was an enlisted man in VTMB 242. He died at a young age and I was unable to share his WWII experiences. He went on to serve in the AF in the Korean era and later as an in flight refueling specialist in Viet Nam. Through these memories I am able to reconstruct for the first time my fathers WWI experience. Thank you and your family.