Bobby Jones was born on May 5, 1945, in Macon, Georgia. He was commissioned a 2d Lt in the U.S. Air Force Reserve on September 21, 1968, and after completing Medical School, he went on active duty as a Doctor with the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force on July 8, 1972. Capt Jones next completed the Officer Basic Military Training Medical Course at Brooks AFB, Texas, and then the Aerospace Medical Primary Course at Brooks in September 1972. After completing Jungle Survival School, he was assigned as a Flight Surgeon to the 432nd Air Force Hospital at Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, from October 1972 until he was killed in action while flying aboard an F-4 Phantom II on November 28, 1972. He was officially listed as Missing in Action until being declared dead on August 29, 1978, and was promoted to Major during the time he was listed as missing.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.