My Uncle, My Hero, My Heart

My Uncle, PFC Harold W. Jinright fought in the battle at Chosin Reservoir. This amazing man is 100% a Marine. “Gunny” as his son calls him, is a kind, thoughtful, sharp witted man with an awesome sense of humor and the most patriot human I have ever met.

Back in the day, PFC Jinright and his wife called each other Mr. & Mrs. Jones. Now that I am older, I changed that to Uncle Jones “Jonsey”, much to his delight. A few years ago Jonsey returned to Quantico and a photo was taken of him in front of his barracks as it was in 1949. I was able to combine the two which made a beautiful memory for all of us. Jonsey also returned later this year for one more OOHAH!

In October, Jonsey is coming from El Monte CA to Surprise AZ to feast on some of his great niece’s chili and cornbread. Then in November he will be attending his 90th birthday party where he prefers to have a Marine theme and photo’s because he is, and always will be, a Marine.

It is with much pride and love that I type these words and memories. My heart breaks and I usually shed some tears as I try to gather info and photos to help Jonsey with his project requests. The Chosin Few as well as the millions that share his love of our country and give so very much to us are the true meanings behind the word Hero’s.

PFC Harold W. Jinright was medevacked to Japan in December 1950 with severe frostbite that affects him greatly to this day. He along with so many of his fellow Marines suffered more than most of us can even imagine and so many made the ultimate sacrifice. PFC Jinright refuses to take praise for his bravery and sacrifice and will laugh and say his only job at the Chosin Reservoir was to make snow balls for the weapons to shoot at the enemy.

But that’s ok; I have enough pride for the both of us. My eternal gratitude to all of you that have the courage and strength to do the many things you have to do to protect us. Thank you for your service.

I am attaching two photos. The one with the weapons and Marine’s was taken at Quantico. The Marine in the middle, hands on hips with the don’t mess with the Marine’s look on his face is my Marine, PFC Harold W. Jinright. The photo taken in 1949 by his barrack’s, he is on the right.

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  • Will Border

    Happy birthday “Jonsey”, Semper Fi, from a combat Marine of the Vietnam War. Thank you for all you have done, welcome home. When you get back to Quantico, stop by the Marine Corps Museum, they have a lot of displays that are very realist and bring back some memories, both bad ones as well as the good ones. Thanks again, we appreciate all you had to endure.

  • Jim Burroughs

    Happy Birthday and Semper Fi Jonesey. Thank you sir for your service.

  • J. Stone

    Not publishing the most pertinent photos is Grits most reliableMOS

  • John T. Durant USMC ’54-’57

    DONNA, You didn’t us what unit he was in !! My older brother, by six years, was in Fox-2-5. He was also at Chosin and medivaced to Japan for frostbite, which bothered him until he past in1986.

  • Donna Weekley

    🙁 You didn’t print my photos.

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