Spreading Good News (Post 536 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Nathaniel Jones – Good Morning from Vietnam

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The Candle-Lighter Award and the Sunshine Award

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Both of these awards are for a blog or post that is positive and brings light into the world.

I started this “Good News” blog in July 2010 because I was tired of and disgusted by all the negative news and information.  I wanted to give people positive news and information.  I’m having a great time looking for, receiving, and posting these pieces!  Stay tuned!!

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

“Black History Month,” (February) is over, but I will continue Spreading Good News about Black History on what I will call “Black History Tuesday.”

I hope you enjoy this piece!

BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY:  Nathaniel Jones – Good Morning from Vietnam

My cousin, Nathaniel Jones (we all call him “Nate”) sent me this piece.  It’s a bit of unknown, noteworthy history about him.  It contains some technical information that most of us don’t understand, but we all can understand the warmth, kindness, and unselfishness described in the story.  Glad he sent it to me.  This all happened when he was 34 years old; now he’s 77 and still in good health.

To this very day, he displays the same warmth, kindness, and unselfishness!!

Good Morning from Vietnam

Many service members dedicated lots of hours of free time to help facilitate radio communications and MARSGRAMS from and to U. S. troops and their families during the Vietnam era.  This is one man’s story.

Nate at 34 years old

This photo of RM1 Nathaniel Jones AKA “Jonesy” appeared in a Sunday edition of the Honolulu Tribune.  “March 1967” is written on the back of the photo.  While the photo was being taken, the news reporter was listening on an extension telephone while Jonesy was running three-minute collect call phone patches from Vietnam to the 48 states.

Jonesy first received his Ham license in February 1956.  He joined Army MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio System) and was active handling MARSGRAMS on cw and voice.  He served in the U. S. Army, then joined the Navy in April 1959.

Said Jonesy, “While I was on shore duty in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1962, the Navy started Navy MARS.  As a previous Army MARS member and being an RM2, they wanted me to help set up a Navy MARS net in the Virginia area.”

Jonesy was on USS Brister (DER-327) home ported at Pearl Harbor from September 1965 to November 1966.  He used the shipboard radio to provide stateside phone patches for the crew while in port.  Jonesy received a nice letter from the captain’s parents in Dayton, Ohio, for allowing them to talk to their son.

While off duty, Jonesy lived in Navy housing with his wife and two small children. He made a 2 element quad for 10, 15, and 20 meters, using bamboo poles.  A MARS member heading for the states gave him a 35-foot tower.  Jonesy bought a swan 350 transceiver, built an amplifier using a pair of 4-400 tubes, and started running stateside phone patches for friends and neighbors.  After supper, he would get on 14.450 to check for Vietnam MARS stations and run patches until the band closed around 2 or 3 in the morning.

In December 1966, Jonesy was transferred to USS Charles Berry (de1035) at Pearl Harbor and took over as lead radioman.

Jonesy recalled, “We sat in port for a long time and then got underway, following “special interest vessels.”  While underway, I was not allowed any ham radio operating, but when we returned to port about two or three months later, I resumed my MARS patches again.”

In July 1969, Jonesy was transferred to San Diego as an instructor at RM”A” School.

In February 1975, Jonesy retired from the Navy and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he set up teletype operations, passing MARSGRAMS until he left NMC MARS in 1985.

Nate at 77 years old

NOTE FROM JOYCE:  He now lives in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

 

 

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~ Joyce Fields

 

ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS FROM JOYCE FIELDS

Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

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Thanks for your interest AND support!!

Contact Joyce at goodshortbooks@yahoo.com.

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SOME OF JOYCE’S FAVORITE BLOGS

I visit these blogs and leave comments regularly.  I think you will enjoy them all!

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

 

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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6 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 536 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Nathaniel Jones – Good Morning from Vietnam

  1. Lord G says:

    That was very interesting!

  2. living4bliss says:

    Thanks. I love to hear stories about our military men.

    BTW – you are back in my e-mail. WordPress must have had a little hicup. I won’t miss any of your great posts.

  3. Nita says:

    Good article! Interesting information about Nathaniel Jones.

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