Chat With a Hero: Col. Murphy Jones’ Story Oct. 27 in Dover

In main hangar of Air Mobility Command Museum
October 18, 2018

As part of its educational programs, the Air Mobility Command Museum will host another Chat with a Hero, the Col. Murphy Jones Story, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, in the main hangar.

Murphy Neal Jones was born in Baton Rouge, La., and attended Tulane University on a football scholarship. He graduated in 1960 and received his Air Force commission as a second lieutenant the same day.

He received his pilot wings in 1961 and flew the F-100, F-105D and A-7D during his career. On his third combat tour in Vietnam, he was shot down and captured on the outskirts of Hanoi June 29, 1966, during the first bombing raid of Hanoi. He was wounded by shrapnel in both legs and sustained a dislocated shoulder, a broken arm and six broken vertebrae when he ejected at approximately 300 feet and over 620 miles per hour.

After spending more than six and a half years as a prisoner of war, he was released Feb. 12, 1973. Neal returned to the cockpit after his release and served as commander of the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron and as chief of the War and Mobilization Division, Headquarters United States Air Force. He retired as a colonel after 21 years of service.

The AMC Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. There is no fee or tickets required for admission or parking. The address is 1301 Heritage Road, Dover Air Force Base.

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