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Army Pfc. David R. Jones Jr.

Died October 24, 2010 Serving During Operation New Dawn

21, of St. Johnsville, N.Y.; assigned to 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas; died Oct. 24 in Baghdad of injuries sustained in a non-combat incident.

Private remembered as team player, hard worker

The Associated Press

When David Jones finished playing in a late morning baseball game he didn’t hang around long to chitchat with teammates. Instead, he left to participate in a 5K run later that afternoon with his younger brother, Alex. Jones was keeping a promise he had made to Alex.

Jason Brundage, Jones’ high school baseball and basketball coach, recalled the story recently for the Times Union newspaper in Albany after learning that Jones, an Army prison guard, had died in Iraq.

“He was a good kid, a consummate team player who worked hard for everything he got,” said Brundage, athletic director at St. Johnsville High School in upstate New York.

Jones, 21, of St. Johnsville, died of a gunshot wound Oct. 24 in Baghdad. The military says the shooting was not related to combat and is investigating.

Jones was a 2008 graduate of St. Johnsville High and attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College before joining the Army in 2009. He was assigned to Fort Hood.

Jones was to return home on leave this month and had planned to take his girlfriend, Brittany Winton, to a New York Giants game and ask her to marry him.

Survivors also include his parents, Theresa Ann Bennett and David Richard Jones.

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