Chuck and Judith Jones, Oral History

Chuck and Judith Jones, Oral History


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This is a video recording of an oral history interview with Chuck and Judith Jones. It was conducted February 23, 2016. The interviewer is Madsion Garcia.

In this interview, Chuck and Judith Jones discuss their respective careers in the medical field and their service in the Navy during the Cold War.

Judith Jones was born in Waco, Texas on November 18, 1945. Judith Jones attended Shannon West Texas Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. She worked in the Houston Medical Center at the Methodist Hospital on the psychiatric floor. Throughout her career as a nurse, Judith worked at Baptist Memorial and M.D. Anderson in Houston, and, after returning to school and graduating from Texas Christian University in 1971, taught at Murray State College and the University of Texas Fort Worth.

Chuck Jones was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 14, 1948. Chuck attended college at Dallas Baptist University and then Baylor University. He attended graduate school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Following his graduation, he was hired for a traineeship at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

Chuck and Judith met in 1972 while Judith was working at the University of Texas Fort Worth School of Nursing and Chuck was completing his residency. On August 23, 1973 the two were married in Denton, Texas. After Chuck completed his residency, they moved to Alabama for two years so Judith could work towards her Doctorate in nursing.

In 1980 both Chuck and Judith were commissioned in the Navy. Chuck worked for the first eight years with the 4th Marine Air Wing as an aviation medical officer, treating pilots in the F4 and heavy helicopter squadron. Judith assisted with active trainings during the summer and checked medical records to clear members of the Navy for exercises.

During their service, the Jones’s visited the Mojave Desert, Camp Pendleton, and Cherry Point. Chuck participated in missions in the Philippines and was sworn into active duty during Desert Storm, where he filled in for surgeons who had been deployed overseas. Chuck left the Navy reserves in 1990 in order to care for their children. Judith conducted training programs in Charleston, South Carolina and later worked in fleet hospitals. Judith retired from the military in 2004 after 23 years of service. The couple joined the Marine Corps League following their service.


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Chuck and Judith Jones, Oral History


Cold War; Persian Gulf War, 1991; United States. Navy; Physicians; United States -- Navy -- Nurses


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