North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory appointed Jones as Chairman of the USS North Carolina Battleship. The Commission oversees and monitors the operations, maintenance, and plans of North Carolina’s state memorial to the 10,000 Tar Heels who died in uniform in World War II.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory appointed Jones as Vice Chairman of the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission.
Wilmington StarNews Media Lifetime Achievement Award (READ MORE)
Congressional Record, U.S. House of Representatives, “A Tribute to Captain Wilbur D. Jones,” by Rep. Mike McIntyre (7th District, N.C.)
Along with wife Carroll Robbins Jones, inducted into the E. L. White Society, an organization of UNC Wilmington which honors donors of $25,000 or more through planned giving.
Named a Rotary Paul Harriss Fellow for donations supporting the Rotary Foundation.
National Defense Medal, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
WWIIWHFHC awarded Society Cup of the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear for outstanding history preservation accomplishments.
Bronze Good Citizenship Medal from Lower Cape Fear Chapter, The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Wilmington, N. C.
Production of the 2010 Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks HBO mini-series “The Pacific” used the book Gyrene: The World War II United States Marine, as a “technical reference manual” to train actors. Spielberg wrote Jones a thank-you letter for writing the book.
National Award of Merit for Leadership in History, American Association for State and Local History, 2006 – for books on World War II North Carolina and history preservation accomplishments
Clarendon Award, Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, Wilmington – for best regional history book, The Journey Continues: The World War II Home Front
Senior Service Award, Elderhaus, Wilmington
North Carolina Historian of the Year (East), North Carolina Society of Historians
Three other NCSH awards for the book, The Journey Continues; newspaper op-ed pieces and other articles in Wilmington Star-News; and to the World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition (chairman)
WWIIWHFH Coalition statewide award, Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies – for history preservation
Statewide book award for A Sentimental Journey: Memoirs of a Wartime Boomtown, NCSH
Society Cup to Wartime Wilmington Commemoration 1999, Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, 2000 (served as chairman for preservation organization)
Two statewide awards to WWC 1999, NCSH – for history preservation