Darl "Lee" LeRoy Jones

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  • Name: Darl "Lee" LeRoy Jones
  • Location of Birth: Palermo, North Dakota
  • Date of Birth: August 16, 1922
  • Date of Death: December 10, 1973 (51 years old)
  • Parents: John Albert Jones, Sr. and Cubie Bell (Palmer) Jones
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  • Highest Rank: EM 1 (Electrician's Mate Petty Officer 1st Class)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: October 16, 1942 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: October 17, 1945 (Release Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Information from United States World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: Darl Leroy Jones
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 19
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: August 16, 1922
    Birth Place: Palmero, North Dakota, USA
    Residence Place: Pengilly, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: June 30, 1942
    Registration Place: Pengilly, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Employer: Great Northern Railroad
    Weight: 160
    Complexion: Dark
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Height: 5'8"

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Darl lived in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area for the past seven years. He came to Minnesota at the age of 17, coming first to the Bowstring area. He then lived in Pengilly, Minnesota.

    He married Sylvia Aho in 1943 at Moorhead, Kentucky and the family then moved to Hibbing where they lived until 1965 when they moved to Grand Rapids. Darl was employed as an electrician at the Blandin Paper Company in Grand Rapids.

    He was a member of the Ponti-Peterson Post VFW, the Loyal Order of Moose, and the Independent Papermill Union, all of Grand Rapids.

    Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Barbara) Toy and Susan Jones; one son, Thomas; and three sisters, Mrs. Deloris (Earl) Metzer, Mrs. Vivian (Ralph) Fiskewold, and Miss Ruth Jones; one brother, John, Jr.; his father, John A. Jones, Sr.; and one granddaughter.

    Darl died of carbon monoxide poisoning while in a dark house on the ice of McAvity Bay in Cutfoot Soiux Lake. He was on a fishing trip with his brother-in-law and was fishing alone in the ice house when he was overcome by the fumes of charcoal burning in the house to provide heat. Two coffee cans had been screwed together to hold the charcoal.

    He had been fishing about one and a half miles from shore when he was found slumped over in the house by his brother-in-law, Herman Aho. It was reported the house was filled with smoke when he was found. The house was airtight, except for a small crack.

    Artificial respiration failed to revive him. A fisheries crew worker, Henry Dhennin, Squaw Lake, who was in the area taking part in a survey census of fishing being speared, reported the accident to the Sheriff's Office at 11:41 a.m. According to Dr. L. E. Karges, County Coroner, time of death was between 10 and 11 a.m.

    Darl is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-C-22-1-9)

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