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Lt. Henry Jones
2nd Lieutenant James L. Diel-0
Rank Lieutenant
Status Deceased as of 21 July 1947
Nickname "Sir" (by the soldiers)
Actor Colin Hanks

Lieutenant Henry Jones (1924 - 1947) was an officer who served in the 101st Airborne during WWII.

BiographyEdit

A graduate of West Point Academy Class of 6 June 1944; Jones first arrives at easy after the Battle of the Bulge at Haguenau, France. The officer is a replacement leader for Second Platoon. He is quickly dismissed by the other troopers simply for being inexperienced, so far as Captain Winters not allowing him on the patrol despite his desire to go, until Winters realises he needs an officer on the patrol due to regulations. This leads Jones to form a quick - yet respect only - bond with Private Webster, who is also being dismissed by the troopers for not being at Bastogne the previous year due to being wounded in Holland.

In the Band of Brothers miniseries, Lieutenant Jones conducts the 'Last Patrol' with 14 other paratroopers from the 101st. However, in reality, Jones did not take part in the patrol, nor did Webster.

While on the patrol, Jones spends much of the time at the back as an observer, with a few others behind cover. As they retreat with prisoners, he blows the whistle to signal the Easy Company machine gunners on the other side to lay down covering fire. Once back, he and Webster are left in charge of the men to maintain order and calm the wounded Private Jackson.

After successfully carrying out the patrol, Jones is sent up to regiment to focus on staff priorities as well as being promoted to 1st Lieutenant for what he did at the patrol.

After the war, Jones wasn't discharged and remained in Germany; he never did return to America. He died after an operation following an automobile accident in Berlin while still working there. He was 23 years old.

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