CAPTAIN POSTHUMOUSLY INDUCTED INTO VETERAN’S HALL OF FAME
Carmel, N.Y. – (11/14/11) – Twenty-seven veterans throughout the Hudson Valley were honored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) at the Veterans’ Hall of Fame ceremony on Thursday.
The Veteran’s Hall of Fame was created by Senator Ball, and designed to honor outstanding veterans from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each veteran that was honored will be included on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities throughout the 40th district.
Captain Eric A. Jones is the Town of Pound Ridge’s posthumous honoree for the Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Born in Pound Ridge, New York, CAPT Jones was a 1999 graduate of Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York, where he swam competitively and played football. He attended college at Northeastern University, and joined the United States Marines in 2004, where he was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, the Third Marine Aircraft Wing, and the First Marine Expedition Force at Camp Pendleton, California.
An AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter pilot for the United States Marines, Captain Jones was killed in action on October 26, 2009, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Jones had deployed to Afghanistan in July 2009 after serving two tours in Iraq.
During his opening remarks Senator Ball said, “The veterans who are here today were nominated by their communities, hand-picked because they chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery; a path that helped shape America as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty.”