National City Dunkin' Donuts Dedicated To Fallen Navy Sailor Landon L. Jones

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It was a kind and lovely gesture that widow Theresa Jones and her sons will never forget. The popular Dunkin' Donuts on East Plaza Boulevard in National City held a special ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sunday dedicated in honor of her late husband.

It's been a tough time for the family since the death of San Diego-based Lieutenant Commander Landon L. Jones. The United States Navy sailor, 35, died in a helicopter landing crash in 2013 while the crew on the USS William P. Lawrence was conducting operations in the Red Sea.

According to TV station NBCLosAngeles, the Department of Defense has concluded that a rogue wave caused the deck of the ship to pitch up as the MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter was trying to touch down, and it slammed into the deck, plunging into the sea.

The National City Dunkin' Donuts is owned and operated by the disabled U.S. veteran-owned business, Burton Restaurants, LLC. Franchisee Talisin Burton and operators Gregory Dono, Daniel Gomes and Frank Garner are all retired or current members of the U.S. Marine Corps.

The donut shop, located at 2139 East Plaza Blvd., just off Interstate 805, now features a big plaque that is hanging in the eatery, so folks who visit can learn more about the brave hero who gave his life in service to our country.

Widow Jones was very touched by the dedication because her husband's body was never recovered in the Red Sea. It's been difficult for her and the boys to find closure. Now, the family feels the dedication at Dunkin' Donuts gives them a wonderful resting place to visit and to celebrate the courageous life of Lieutenant Commander Landon L. Jones.

The Navy reported that the USS William P. Lawrence was on standby for potential military action in Syria and that the helicopter mishap was not the result of any hostile activity.

Also killed in the crash was Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson. Three other sailors who were aboard the MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter survived.

The National City Dunkin' Donuts has planned to hold a fundraiser every year on April 27, the birthday of Lieutenant Commander Landon L. Jones. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Travis Manion Foundation as requested by Theresa Jones and her sons.

The Travis Manion Foundation supports and empowers the families of fallen veterans within the San Diego community.