Heritage World War II Veteran Discusses His Experiences with the Robert H. Jackson Center

Greg Peterson from the Robert H. Jackson Center and Phillips Lytle recently interviewed Griffith Jones Jr., a community member at The Homestead, a Heritage senior living community in Gerry, NY, about his experience in World War II as a part of the Robert H. Jackson Center’s Defenders of Freedom project. Jones served from 1943-1946 in the Pacific theatre as a Technician, 3rd grade. During his time in the United States Army, he worked to build airstrips, roads and pathways for military use, as well as working as a radio operator, decoding Morse Code messages. He also received an Arrowhead badge for his service and participation in the second invasion of Lingayen in the Philippines.

Click the link below to watch the full interview on YouTube.


Heritage Ministries was founded as the Orphanage and Homes of the Free Methodist Church in 1886 and has grown from its original campus in Gerry, NY, to six locations in New York with additional affiliations in the states of Washington, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. As a not-for-profit provider of senior care and housing, Heritage is a leader in the industry, employing approximately 1,500 team members, and serving over 2,500 individuals annually. With locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Washington, Heritage and its affiliates provide rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, independent retirement housing, and assisted living. The Homestead Stables provides intergenerational equestrian opportunities as well as boarding, training, and lessons. In addition, childcare is provided at two campuses, allowing for intergenerational programs. For more information on Hearthstone and Heritage Ministries, please visit www.heritage1886.org or www.hearthstonewoodstock.org.