PVT Pearl Dexter Jones, graduate of the eighth Alamo Scouts Training Class. Aug 1945. Pearl was in the Americal Division (Americans on New Caledonia) when his regimental commander approached him and related that he (the CO) had heard that Pearl was an expert rifleman from Kentucky and that he knew how to navigate by the stars from years of hunting at night. The CO asked Pearl to volunteer for a special unit but related that it was volunteer only. Pearl agreed and was immediately shipped to the Alamo Scouts Training Center.
Photo courtesy of (son) Tony Jones.
Alamo Scouts aboard a PT boat en route to recon Salebaboe Island (Talaud Island Group), September 1944. Back Row L-R: Bob Ross, 1LT R.F. De Bruine (NEIA Officer), Oliver Roesler, Bob Shullaw, Clifford Gonyea, Lt. jg, David Dewindt (Navy 7th Amphibious Force). Front Row L-R: Bob Schermerhorn, Zeke McConnell, John McGowen, Finn (Dutch Officer), Native Boy, William Lutz.
(Photo courtesy of the Shullaw Family)
Terry Santos, graduate of ASTC, 4th Class. Photo taken June 18, 1945, Luzon, P.I., three days before “Operation Gypsy,” The last A/B operation of WWII. Terry was the only “Reconer” to make that Jump. 21 June 1945. Served in United States Military 1942-1945. O.S.S. Sp. Warfare – Jump Qualified. Graduate of Alamo Scouts Training Center; requalified for jump status in 1944; Lead Scout, 11th Airborne Division Recon Platoon throughout combat; Made two combat jumps and Amphibious Assault. Major Awards: Two Silver Stars; Two Bronze Stars with “V” device for valor; Purple Heart; Two Presidential Unit Citations; Philippine Presidential Unit Citation; Combat Infantry Badge; Special Forces Tab; Parachute Wings w/two stars; Four Campaign Stars and Bronze Arrowhead.
(Photo courtesy of Terry Santos)