JACKSONVILLE, NC (WITN) Congressman Jones is being remembered for his contributions to the military community while in office.
Jones was once a firm supporter of the invasion of Iraq in 2003, but he later became known as one of the first republicans to reverse his stance on the Iraq war.
Jones began openly opposing the war when the reason given for invading Iraq, weapons of mass destruction, was found to be false.
He said he introduced legislation that would have required the Bush administration to withdraw troops.
A state house representative from the district that includes Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune remembers Jones’ leadership.
Republican State Representative Phillip Shepard from Onslow County says, “He really was conscientious about how the war affected everybody. And especially the young military men and women, and it had a deep impact on him. And I think it changed the way he saw some things when he saw the bodies coming back in the flag draped coffins.”
Brigadier General Benjamin T. Watson Commanding General for Marine Corps Installations East -Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune said, “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones who faithfully served our military community in Congress for over 25 years. Congressman Jones had a profound understanding of the inextricable link between North Carolina and our military installations, members and families. He took a personal interest in military construction budget requests to support the mission of our bases and air stations to provide state-of-the-art training areas and facilities in support of warfighting readiness. Never afraid to challenge the status quo, Congressman Jones was a strong and faithful advocate for our military personnel, their families and our veterans. His unwavering support will be remembered by our United States Marines and Sailors for years to come.”
Congressman Jones district includes both Camp Lejeuene and New River Air Station