Jones, ’71 graduate and MIA/POW, honored at Dalton Memorial Day Ceremony

JoAnne Shirley, whose brother, Maj. Bobby M. Jones, went missing in action in 1972 during the Vietnam War, asked audience members at the Memorial Day Community Celebration on Monday to think about what they would do if they were in her position.

Shirley is a Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing in Action advocate, her brother was a flight surgeon in the Air Force.

“I learned quickly that the POW is not just about my brother, but it’s about all of our servicemen and women who are unaccounted for today,” she said.

Shirley was the keynote speaker at the ceremony which was moved from the Whitfield County Courthouse lawn to the downtown public parking deck due to rain on Memorial Day. She shared the story of her brother, who enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from the Medical College of Georgia.

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