On this Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, we extend our appreciation and thoughts to our active-duty military personnel, and we pay tribute to the many millions of veterans who have served our country over the past 246 years. We also wish to memorialize the passing this year of our brother-in-law, Commander Barry Rowe and acknowledge the other veterans of the Jones and Moskowitz families who served during major wars from the Civil War to the War On Terror.
During the Civil War 1st Sargent John B. Jones (Elizabeth’s grandfather) and Corporal William E. Jones (Elizabeth’s great uncle) were in the 5th New York Cavalry Regiment from upstate New York within the period 1861 to 1865. They fought in many battles, including the Orange Court House, Brandy Station, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor and Gettysburg.
Donald’s grandfather, Pvt. Max Moskowitz, served in the US Cavalry (Roughriders) in 1898 during the Spanish American War.
During World War I Alton Christmas Jones (Elizabeth’s father) and William Howard Jones (uncle) served in the USMC and saw action at Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, Aisne-Marne, and Meusse-Argonne. William Howard received the US Silver Star and the French Croix De Guerre medals for his “action at Blanc Mont Ridge on October 3, 1918, where he held off a German attack using a machine pistol.”
Donald’s father, Sidney Moskowitz, was a machinist who repaired ships at the Charlestown, MA Naval Shipyard during WWII. Elizabeth’s cousin, Barney O’Neil, was a US Army infantryman who landed in Normandy in June 1944. Bob Rosenblatt (Donald’s relative) served in the Army at the end of WWII.
Barry Rowe (Donald’s brother-in-law) was a Commander in the US Navy who served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
John Jones and Edward Jones (Elizabeth’s brothers) served in the late 50s and early to mid-60s, John U.S. Army and Edward, USMC. Donald Moskowitz was an E5 in the Navy in the 50s and then was a Vietnam era veteran in the 60s serving as a Navy officer on 13 ships. Robert Nichol (Elizabeth’s cousin) was a platoon leader in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He was in the 1st Infantry Division and the 101st Infantry Division. During his Vietnam service he was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts.
Michael Gerard (Donald’s and Elizabeth’s son-in-law) was an Airman First Class, USAF in the early 80s. Jeffrey Ammons ( Donald’s nephew) served as an Army officer during the War On Terror.
We must continue to remember all of our veterans who have served our country in times of peace and war.
Elizabeth (Jones) Moskowitz