Historian and author Wilbur Jones Jr. has traveled extensively throughout the past 50+ years, and his hobby of photography has led to the creation of a stunning collection of historical and artistic images. A collection of these photos is going up for display at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 120 S. 2nd Street. The […]
A U.S. Senate bill would designate Wilmington as the first American World War II City. The bill directs the secretary of Veterans Affairs to designate one city a year as a WWII city, beginning with Wilmington. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., introduced the bill last week. It was referred to the Senate’s Armed Services Committee. […]
In 2014, Governor Pat McCrory appointed Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. as chairman of the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission. Jones, a Wilmington native, is the first Wilmingtonian to be named commission chairman since founder Hugh Morton served in 1962. Jones’ statutory job is to monitor the operations and plans of the Battleship, North Carolina’s memorial […]
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
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 […]
Wilmington ABC affiliate, WWAY News Channel 3, recently interviewed Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. for a story on Liberty Ships. View the story below.
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.
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’s 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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