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Douglas Clyde Jones, American Author. Decorated Commendation medal (3) Legion of Merit. Recipient Chancellor's award University Wisconsin, 1987, Owen Wister award for body of work Western Writers American, 1993 M C. Served with United States Army, 1943-1945, World World War II, PTO.


Jones, Douglas Clyde was born on December 6, 1924 in Winslow, Arkansas, United States. Son of Marvin Clyde and Bethel Mae (Stockburger) Jones.


Following the divorce of his parents, he graduated from the Fayetteville, Arkansas high school in 1942 and was drafted into the army, where he served in the Pacific Theater. Following his discharge, Jones attended the University of Arkansas and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1949.


As a boy, he had lived for a time in Fort Smith, Arkansas, adjacent to former Indian territory. He subsequently returned to the army and served for another twenty years. In service, he obtained a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin.

After retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 1968 after twenty-five years of service, Jones taught journalism at Wisconsin for six years. Jones wrote his first novel, The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer, which was soon turned into a television drama, based on the premise that Custer had survived the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

In addition to his writings, Jones was also a painter in the western genre and a jazz musician. Douglas Jones died in Fayetteville of obstructive pulmonary disease. In an effort to keep his work alive, in November 2010, New American Library reissued Jones's Civil War novel Elkhorn Tavern in trade paperback.

It is the first of four planned reissues of his novels.



Served with United States Army, 1943-1945, World World War II, PTO.


Married Mary Arnold, January 1, 1949. Children: Mary Glenn, Martha Claire, Kathryn Greer, Douglas Eben.

Marvin Clyde Jones

Bethel Mae (Stockburger) Jones

Mary Arnold

Mary Glenn Jones

Martha Claire Jones

Kathryn Greer Jones

Douglas Eben Jones