Julian C. Jones
AGE: 93 • Brick
Julian C. Jones, of Brick, passed away on Monday, June 9, 2014, at the wonderful age of 93. He was born in Mullica Township, Atlantic County, NJ to Charles A. and Marie A. Jones. He moved to Irvington in 1932. There he was a graduate of Irvington High School and attended Newark College of Engineering Special Program. Julian secured a position with Fort Monmouth June 9, 1941 (Radio Direction Finding Lab) as an apprentice draftsman at Fort Hancock and later moved to Camp Evans, Wall. Enlisted in the U.S. Army
(while at Evans) Aug. 18, 1942 and was assigned to Signal Corps. After training in various parts of U.S., Julian was sent to Europe to continue training in North Ireland and England. After training, Julian was assigned to the 3rd Army. He once personally along with another technician, worked on General George S. Patton's personal car (Packard sedan) to repair the radio and antenna. Julian received a Silver Battle Star (in lieu of 5 Bronze stars
) for Normandy, Northern France, Ardenes-Alsace, Central Europe and Rhineland. He also received a citation from General Eisenhower to 6th Platoon, 187th Signal Repair Company for exemplary service. After discharge from the Army, he returned to Camp Evans Lab in Wall and joined the National Guard "C" Co. 644th Tank Bat., 50th Armored Div. where he served from April 1, 1947 until March 31, 1948. While employed at Camp Evans, he earned several commendations. He received one for mechanical design of the first small tape recorder to be used in the Cloud Cover Satellite in the space program. Later the improved version was used on the ATLAS missile. In December 1958, it was used to broadcast President Eisenhower's Christmas message. He was very happy to find this model on display in the Signal Corps Museum in Fort Gordon Augusta, GA, while attending the annual reunion of his Army Company. There is an earlier model on display in the Aero Space section of Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. Julian retired from Fort Monmouth Department of the Army in 1977 after 36 years of honorable service.
Julian was a member of Wall United Methodist Church, Spring Lake Heights, a life member and Past Commander of Belmar-Wall Juneau VFW
Post 2620, a member of American Legion Post 346, Neptune, a life member and PER Belmar Elks Lodge
1997 and also a member of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 411, West Long Branch.
Julian was predeceased by his wives, Irene C. Jones and Gloria F. Jones and a son, Charles Westendorf. He is survived by his daughters, Barbara J. Westendorf of Toms River, Margaret L. Osborn and her husband Barry J. of Brick, Frances Tonks and her husband Peter of Brick, Gail M. Watkins and her husband Thomas J. of Point Pleasant, Kathleen J. Madigan and her husband Michael of Pittsburgh, PA and Gloria Parsons and her husband David of Port Orange, FL. Julian is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Julian's family would like to offer a special thanks to Esther Cudjoe and the staff and friends at Alcoeur Gardens of Brick.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, June 13 at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Glendola Cemetery, Wall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to "Wounded Warriors Project", PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To send condolences to the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.net