Elmer D. Jones


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Adam Bern­stein

Elmer D. Jones, 94, a re­tired Air Force colonel who served as a ground-crew com­man­der in the Tuskegee Air­men, an all-black squadron in the seg­re­gated U.S. mil­i­tary of World War II, died Jan. 1 at his home in Ar­ling­ton. He had com­pli­ca­tions from a fall.

A daugh­ter, Da­nis Voogt, con­firmed the death.

Col. Jones, who be­came a re­search and devel­op­ment spe­cial­ist with the Air Force af­ter the war, joined the new Tuskegee Air­men as an en­gi­neer­ing of­fi­cer in May 1941.

He later served as a com­mand­ing and en­gi­neer­ing of­fi­cer of a re­pair and sup­ply de­tach­ment and, start­ing in 1943, was de­ployed to North Africa and Italy.

Af­ter his mil­i­tary re­tire­ment in 1970, he spent a decade as as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner for telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in the Gen­eral Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Elmer Dou­glass Jones was a na­tive Wash­ing­to­nian and a grad­u­ate of Arm­strong High School. He was a magna cum laude elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ate of Howard Univer­sity in 1941.

Dur­ing his mil­i­tary ca­reer, he re­ceived a master’s de­gree in elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tions from the Univer­sity of Illi­nois in 1949 and a master’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from the Univer­sity of Chicago in 1956.

He was among the re­cip­i­ents of the Con­gres­sional Gold Medal at a 2007 cer­e­mony hon­or­ing the Tuskegee Air­men.

Col. Jones was a life­time ham-ra­dio op­er­a­tor.

His wife, Frankye Manly Jones, whom he mar­ried in 1941, died in 2003. Sur­vivors in­clude a daugh­ter, Da­nis Voogt of Santa Bar­bara, Calif.

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