Tech. Sgt. Dallas Jones, a Hometown Hero

Dallas Jones, a Hometown Hero
Dallas Jones, a Hometown Hero

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Dallas Jones' memory is as sharp as the uniform he used to wear.

"September 6, 1956 was when I went into the Air Force," Jones said.

Jones was just 17 years old when he volunteered for the United States Air Force. He served just shy of 20 years after retiring as a technical sergeant.

"I did 19 years 4 months and 21 days and went out medical," he said.

But a good memory isn't always a blessing, especially for a Vietnam veteran.

"I'll never forget the first mortar attack I ever went through...I still remember it today," Jones said.

Jones says he spent 179 days in the jungles of Vietnam as an aircraft mechanic and the first attack came just 18 days in.

"I can still hear the mortars hit at the wooden buildings."

After retiring for medical reasons, Jones decided he still wanted to serve, but in a different fashion.

"Through volunteer service, I could be active in this community."

He volunteered 12 years with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, has been a member with the Disabled American Veterans since 1978 and is currently volunteering his time at the Lubbock Veteran Affairs clinic.

"I got the best job in the VA clinic. I pop popcorn and everybody's glad to see me!"

Jones says he doesn't want to stop serving anytime soon.

"I'll probably go as long as long as the popcorn machine will go," he joked.

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