WWII photographer tells his story in new book

Bill Jones, a resident of Heritage Pointe of Huntington, looks at copies of some of the aerial photos he took of Hiroshima showing the destruction of the city by the atomic bomb dropped by the United States during World War II. Jones’ story is included in a new book by Bluffton author Kayleen Reusser, “They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans.”
Bill Jones, a resident of Heritage Pointe of Huntington, looks at copies of some of the aerial photos he took of Hiroshima showing the destruction of the city by the atomic bomb dropped by the United States during World War II. Jones’ story is included in a new book by Bluffton author Kayleen Reusser, “They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans.” Photo provided.

Bill Jones, a former Columbia City resident now living at Heritage Pointe of Huntington, tells the story of his service during World War II in a new book by Bluffton author Kayleen Reusser.

Reusser’s book, “They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans,” includes 34 stories of men and women from every branch of the military that served in World War II. Jones served as an aerial photographer with the Army Air Corps and was assigned to take photos of Hiroshima to record what the city looked like after the bomb was dropped.

It’s the second book Reusser has written about the war. Her first book, “WWII Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans,” was published in 2014 and features the story of Huntington resident Leo Scheer, who also lives at Heritage Pointe of Huntington.

A launch party for “They did it for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans” will be held on Nov. 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the downtown Fort Wayne branch of the Allen County Public Library, meeting room C.

Jones is expected to be in attendance.