The Marines aren't the only ones looking for a few good men. Jack Jones, a captain in the U.S. Horse Cavalry Association and head of the group's Utah chapter, is looking for men who share his interest in horses and history to become members of his club.
A retired U.S. Air Force pilot, Jones said he loves horses as much as planes and enjoys portraying an 1875 era Western cavalryman in his club."We all ride horses and wear authentic cavalry uniforms, complete with swords and guns. There are several thousand members of the club nationwide and about 50 Utah members. Eventually, I want to form a mounted drill team and participate in parades and various shows. It's all a lot of fun," Jones said.
An avid historian, horseman and Western memorabilia collector - including guns, swords, spurs and other cavalry equipment, Jones grew up in Kamas, graduated from Granite High School in 1937 and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942.
He flew B-17 bombers from a base in England against the Germans in World War II while serving with the 8th Air Force in Europe and few giant bombers and reconnaissance aircraft during the Korean and Vietnam wars, racking up more than 150 combat missions and 2,000 hours of combat flying.
Jones retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1972 after 30 years service and has been devoting his time since then to horseback riding, collecting and studying history.
He and other members of the Utah contingent of the U.S. Horse Cavalry will exhibit some of their guns and other Western items at the Cross Roads of the West Gun Show in the Salt Palace Sept. 23-25 and will be recruiting new club members.
Anyone who would like to find out more about the club can contact Jones at his home in North Ogden, at 782-5830, or contact the club's first sergeant, Ron Creamer, Hooper, at 773-6845.