St. Paris man to receive award


For the Daily Call



ST. PARIS — Donald Jones, a St. Paris resident and oldest living relative of a noted World War II weather observer, will be presented with an award from Louis Uccellini, director of the NOAA Weather Service, at 3 p.m. Sept. 7, in the St. Paris Pony Wagon Museum.

Jones is the nephew of Charles Foster Jones, a one-time resident of St. Paris who was a weather observer for the United States on the island of Attu during WWII.

The transcript that will appear on the award reads:

“We Honor and Remember the Ultimate Sacrifice of Charles Foster Jones, Civilian Weather Observer.

“Mr. Jones lived with his wife Etta in the village of Attu on the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. His tenacity and bravery held fast when delivering his final weather observation, he alerted Dutch Harbor officials that the Japanese had landed on June 7, 1942, thus bringing World War II to Attu. He was then executed by the Japanese army on June 8, 1942.”

In addition, Mary Breu, author of “Last Letters From Attu,” will be doing a book signing at the St. Paris Library at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Her book details the and capture of her aunt, Etta Jones, wife of Charles Foster Jones.

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