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  • Title: Paul LeRoy Jones papers
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1994
    Collection Number: 80149
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 6 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 card file box, 1 oversize folder (5.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: The collection contains photographs, press releases, clippings, speeches, orders, maps, and a diary relating to Allied military activities in the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II and to General Joseph W. Stilwell.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Jones, Paul LeRoy, 1906-


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Paul LeRoy Jones papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1980.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    China Defense Supplies records, Hoover Institution Archives
    Claire Lee Chennault papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Frank Dorn papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Henrietta Thompson processed volume, Hoover Institution Archives
    Jack Silvey motion picture film, Hoover Institution Archives
    Jesse Conn Miller photographs, Hoover Institution Archives
    John N. Hart letters received, Hoover Institution Archives
    Joseph Warren Stilwell papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    William E. R. Covell papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    1906 Born
    1920s, circa Radio communicator in San Diego and San Francisco
    1928 October - 1929 June Cadet, United States Air Corps
    1929, circa Accepted a reserve commission in the Chemical Warfare Service of the United States Air Corps
    1941 April Joined 7th Division, Infantry, United States Army
    1941 August Assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion (heavy weapons company)
    1942 February, circa Promoted to captain
      Worked as a railroad operations officer
    1942 March Traveled to India and Burma
      Appointed liaison and courier to the Chinese 5th and 6th Armies
    1942 May Participated in Joseph Stilwell's Burma walkout
    1942 June Promoted to major
    1942 October Appointed headquarters commandant and assistant to the acting assistant, G-4, acting as a transportation officer, possibly for Services of Supply (S.O.S.)
    1943 October Promoted to lieutenant colonel
    1943-1944, circa Public relations officer, China-Burma-India Theater
      Member of CBI Radio Team
      Oversaw delivery of supplies for Services of Supply (S.O.S.), China Defense Supplies
    1944 Received Bronze Star
    1944 December Returned to United States
    1945 Worked for the Office of Information Services for Army Ground Forces, Public Relations
    1945 September-October Public relations work in Okinawa, Japan
    1945 November Returned to civilian life in California while remaining in the Army Reserves
    CBI Roundup, June 22, 1944, and November 9, 1944. Accessed through CBI Theater: http://cbi-theater-1.home.comcast.net/~cbi-theater-1/roundup/roundup062244.html
    Jones, Paul L. "The Withdrawal from Burma and the Stilwell Walkout." Ex-CBI Roundup, May 1992. Accessed through CBI Theater: http://cbi-theater-3.home.comcast.net/~cbi-theater-3/stilwellpages/stilwell_walkout.html

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Consisting mainly of photographs, the Paul LeRoy Jones papers relate to Allied military activities in the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II, the Burma walkout in 1942, and General Joseph W. Stilwell.
    The China-Burma-India Theater file includes the transcript of a diary that Jones kept from 1941 to 1945 documenting his experience in the China-Burma-India Theater and his interactions with General Stilwell. . The diary includes entries from May 1942, when Jones participated in the walkout through Burma to India led by General Stilwell. In the diary, Jones discusses his work with transportation of supplies, radio broadcasting programs, and his responses to world events. Explanatory notes, which Jones made at a later date, can be found throughout the diary. This file also includes documents by and about Stilwell, such as correspondence, clippings, press releases, statements by Stilwell, and the typescript "The Stilwell Story" by Finis Farr.
    Jones held various jobs during the war that required him to travel extensively in the China-Burma-India Theater. Since he was assisting the Signal Corps, Jones was allowed to take photographs during his assignments. The Photographs contain images of areas where Jones was stationed, the construction of the Ledo Road, and Joseph Stilwell. Photographs that were previously separated still retain their original groupings in envelopes and have been integrated into the collection.
    Additional photographs can be found in the Scrapbooks. The collection contains a scrapbook documenting the Burma walkout, which contains photographs, diary entries, and a map with a red line marking the walkout path. The second scrapbook documents Jones' time in Assam, where he was in charge of materials from China Defense Supplies that went over "The Hump." The third scrapbook concerns the surrender of Ryukyus Islands at Tenth Army Headquarters on Okinawa.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Stilwell, Joseph Warren, 1883-1946
    United States. Army.
    World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Burma.
    World War, 1939-1945--China.