Rob Jones (Marine)

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Rob Jones
Oksana Masters Rob Jones Belgrade World Rowing Cup 2012.jpg
Rob Jones and Oksana Masters at the 2012 Adaptive World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia
BornLovettsville, Virginia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service2007–2011
Battles/warsIraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsPurple Heart

Rob Jones is a United States Marine and Paralympic athlete who completed 31 consecutive marathons in 31 days.[1] Jones lost both legs above the knee in Afghanistan in 2010.[2] In 2013-14, he biked nearly 5,200 miles across the United States in order to raise awareness for wounded veterans.[3] He also won a bronze medal with Oksana Masters in rowing in the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[3]

Early life[edit]

Jones graduated from Loudoun Valley High School (Purcellville, VA) in 2003. While he participated in football and wrestling during his freshman and sophomore years respectively, he was not a star athlete in high school.[2] He joined Marine Corps Reserve during his junior year at Virginia Tech.[2] It was in the Marine Corps that he found that running was "a natural fit for him."[2] He earned his bachelor's degree in 2007.

Marine Corps service[edit]

Jones was a combat engineer who served in 4th Combat Engineer Battalion. He was attached to 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines in 2008 during the Iraq War and 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines in 2010 during the War in Afghanistan. He was wounded in action by an improvised explosive device in July 2010 in Sangin, Afghanistan and was evacuated to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. As a result of the explosion, he lost both of his legs above the knee. He received the Purple Heart. He was discharged from the Marines as a Sergeant in December 2011.


  1. ^ Soong, Kelyn (12 November 2017). "Veteran who lost both legs completes 31 marathons in 31 days, runners trailing his every step". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Soong, Kelyn (October 19, 2017). "31 marathons, 31 days, 31 cities: After losing both legs in Afghanistan, he's running to inspire". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  3. ^ a b Williams, Kari, "A Month of Marathons Raises Awareness", VFW Magazine, vol. 105, no. 5, February 2018, pp. 15-16.