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Jones Signs at National D-Day Memorial


On Saturday, April 20th historical interpreters turned out in full battle gear to show the public what soldiers did, carried, and thought about to prepare for the invasion of Europe. Nationally acclaimed author Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. was on site signing books from 10am to 4pm.  Jones is an award-winning author and military historian in Wilmington, North Carolina. He writes, lectures, and consults on history and national defense, serves as a media source, and leads worldwide tours of World War II battlefields and sites.  Jones is a retired Navy captain who commanded two Reserve units, including the Atlantic Fleet Naval Beach Group Reserve, a support unit that lands with Marines in an amphibious assault.  He served nearly 41 consecutive years in the Department of Defense on active duty, in the Ready Reserve, and as a civilian professor and Associate Dean of Information at the Defense Acquisition University (formerly Defense Systems Management College). Jones’s book Gyrene: The World War II United States Marine was used as a “technical reference manual” in 2007 to train actors in Australia for filming “The Pacific,” the Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks HBO mini-series production about WWII Marines.  Jones has authored over seventeen books and will be selling and signing his World War II publications during the event.

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