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Southern Grind Spokesman Remembers The Fallen

Marine SSG Johnny Joey Jones is spokesman for Zac Brown's Camp Southern Ground, which is funded in part by proceeds of Southern Grind knife company.
Marine Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Staff Sergeant Johnny Joey Jones inspects a knife at Zac Brown’s knife company. The Southern Grind spokesman remembers the fallen, especially the mine sweeper who died in the explosion that took Jones’ legs.

In 2010 ABC Nightline produced a three-part series on Marine Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician Staff Sergeant Johnny Joey Jones. During eight years of service, Jones deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. It was while in Helmand, Afghanistan, on August 6, 2010, that Jones stepped on an improvised explosive device, losing both his legs and severely injuring one arm. In the face of inordinate challenges, Jones not only maintained a positive outlook, but became a beacon of hope to his fellow amputees, his fellow veteran collegiates and the public who follow his charity work and appearances on Fox News. Triple J or Joey, as his friends call him, is now spokesman for Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground, a 400-acre camp and retreat for children and military families that is funded by the proceeds of numerous artisan shops, including Southern Grind, the musician’s knife company. You can read more about Jones and some of the substantial knives offered through knife-lover Zac Brown’s company in the September issue of BLADE Magazine. (If you can’t find BLADE near you, subscribe.) But no matter how far Jones progresses physically, no matter what business pinnacle he reaches, the Southern Grind spokesman remembers the fallen, one fallen in particular, the man who died in the explosion that took Jones’ limbs: Marine engineer and mine sweeper, Corporeal Daniel Greer.

In the course of eight years of service in the Marine Corps, Staff Sergeant Johnny Joey Jones was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician. In 2010 he lost both his legs in an explosion. No matter what he does: recovering from his wounds, inspiring fellow veterans as they recover, making motivational presentations, representing charity organizations, appearing on Fox News as a commentator, or as current spokesman for Zac Browns Camp Southern Ground and Southern Grind, the musician’s knife company, Jones is always positive and never fails to remember the Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen who died in service to our country.

A TV Crew Interviews Jones in Afghanistan, Unaware Of The Fate To Befall Him

Jones’ Recovery Is Motivated By Fellow Wounded Brethren And The Fallen

Jones Remembers The Marine Who Died In The Explosion That Took His Legs

Jones’ Second Chance At Life Is In Honor Of Those Who Died In Combat

No Matter The Obstacle Jones Has Some Marine-Tough Encouragement

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