Jones serves as Richmond grand marshal

RICHMOND – Curtis H. “Bud” Jones, a decorated Navy veteran of World War II who served from 1943-45 in the Pacific theater, was the grand marshal in Richmond’s Memorial Day parade led by the Richmond American Legion Post 740 Honored Seven color guard under post Commander Dan Vojvodich.

As an aviator radio 2nd class, Jones served with Air Group 30, which distinguished itself in four months of combat by destroying 110 Japanese planes in the air, a record for the Belleau Wood Air Group. Jones received the Distinguished Flying Cross Award for bravery in the campaign.

Jones and his wife, the late Becky Vermillion Jones, had five children: Hope Eimer; John; Jennifer Lawrence, who led in the singing of the national anthem and “God Bless America” at services held at Richmond Union Cemetery; and David. Bill Millhoan is deceased.

A retired U.S. Postal Service carrier, Jones is a member of the Richmond United Methodist Church.

The parade was sponsored by the Richmond Community Historical Society, with Sandy Judy and Sue Taylor as co-chairs.

Legion Vice Commander J.O. Henry, an Army veteran, was the featured speaker at ceremonies at Richmond Union Cemetery.

He shared information he had researched in his pursuit to learn more about the seven Richmond World War II veterans killed during service and in whose honor the Legion post is named.

The wreath carriers were Luke McMillion, son of David McMillion of Wintersville and Missy McMillion of Richmond, and Laurel Kemp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Kemp.

Brennan Scott, the son of Carl and Jennie Scott, delivered the “Gettysburg Address.”

Sean Lyons played taps.

The Rev. Carol Smith, pastor of Richmond United Methodist Church, gave the invocation and benediction.

Edison High School’s band provided music.