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McCrory Appoints Jones as Chairman of USS North Carolina Battleship Commission

Governor Pat McCrory recently appointed Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. as chairman of the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission. Jones’ statutory job is to monitor the operations and plans of the Battleship, North Carolina’s memorial to the state’s World War II service and the more than 10,000 Tar Heels who died in service. It’s homeported in […]

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The Legacy of Carroll Eloise Robbins Jones

Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. lost his wife of 54 years, confidant and in-house editor on September 22, 2013. Please click the link below and take a few minutes to read her truly remarkable life story that began 79 years ago. In Memory of Carroll Eloise Robbins Jones

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Governor McCrory Appoints Jones to USS North Carolina Battleship Commision

Governor McCrory Appoints Wilmington World War II Historian Wilbur Jones to USS North Carolina Battleship Commission North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has appointed retired Navy Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., to the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission. North Carolina Representative Ted Davis, Jr., on September 6 administered the oath of office to Jones, a Wilmington […]


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ABC Features Jones in story on Liberty Ships

Wilmington ABC affiliate, WWAY News Channel 3, recently interviewed Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. for a story on Liberty Ships. View the story below.

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DAR Presents Jones with Excellence in Community Service Award

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented CAPT Wilbur Jones with its “Excellence in Community Service Award” for his history preservation accomplishments. Registrar Ruth-Anne Bolz of the Stamp Defiance Chapter, DAR, the state’s largest chapter, delivered the award at its annual year-end luncheon meeting on May 11, 2013, in Wilmington.

Dedication of giclee of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D. C., 
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 on the military career of Wilmington WWII Medal of Honor 
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WWII Memorial Giclee Dedication and Medal of Honor Recipient Charles Murray Documentary Event

World War II History Preservation Event Features National WWII Memorial Giclee Dedication and Medal of Honor Recipient Charles Murray Documentary The momentum to preserve Southeastern North Carolina‚Äôs rich World War II history continues on Saturday, February 23, with the dedication of a giclee of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D. C., and […]


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Article on Jones’ Effort to Have Wilmington Declared First American World War II City

Recently, Bill Steelman of the Star News authored an article entitled Bill will honor Wilmington’s WWII History. The article details the most recent updates in the effort to have Wilmington declared the first “American World War II City.” Excerpt Legislation is on track to have Wilmington declared the first “American World War II City,” the […]

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Remembering the Reuben James and its link to Wilmington

Read the guest article written by Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. for the Star News entitled Remembering the Reuben James and its link to Wilmington. Excerpt “Dearest Boy, It has been two days and still no one has told me that you are coming back to me. I know you will though, because my heart is […]

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Jones Helps Host Sir Ben Kingsley

On October 21, CAPT Wilbur Jones participated with Battleship North Carolina Memorial executive director CAPT Terry Bragg and wife Phoebe in hosting British Oscar-winning actor (Ghandi) Sir Ben Kingsley on a tour of the Battleship. Sir Ben, recipient of numerous film and other acting awards, was in Wilmington finishing shooting on Iron Man 3. He […]


Jones Honored with Wilmington StarNews Media Lifetime Achievement Award

On July 12, 2012, Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. was honored as “a local historian who always makes us pause and never stop remembering the sacrifices the greatest generation made for our country during World War II.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE