Thomas Hudson Jones was born in Buffalo, New York back in 1892. He attended Albright Art School in Buffalo, New York. At 19 he won a competition that gave him a fellowship to the American Academy in Rome however, it was determined that he was too young to go.
He worked for Daniel before WWI. He enlisted and after the war he stayed in Rome to collect on his prize. He returned to the United States in 1922 to teach at Columbia University in New York City. He was so good Rome called him back in 1934 when he returned to Rome to serve as a Professor of Fine Arts at the academy.
He designed the ornate 50-foot-high bronze door for the New Library of Brooklyn in Washington, D.C. he also designed the Air Force Academy seal. He died in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1969. So, can you tell me what else he designed? Okay you military history buffs here we go. He designed well over 40 military service medals including the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. Not bad, not bad at all. However, I left out one more thing he designed that is held dear and near to America. So, what was that design you may ask? I’m so glad you did as Thomas Hudson Jones designed the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and now you know the rest of the story.