Washington "Wash" Jones was an affluent African-American who lived in the New York City during World War II and would join Captain America's Sentinels of Liberty youth group. He would meet Captain America's sidekick Bucky and become part of the Young Allies a group of wartime youths who would work to fight Nazi spies other menaces to America during World War II.
Pre-Face: Truth and Fiction
It has been revealed that a lot of the Young Allies wartime adventures were made into a comic book as propaganda for the United States to earn support in the war effort, especially among young impressionable people. The comic book, while based on true events where often times embellished, and sensationalized.
Further, to "protect" the identities of the Young Allies (however, in later years, Bucky would suspect it was to avoid having to pay out royalties for the use of their likenesses) were all portrayed as caricatures of themselves, and were all portrayed as being young adolescents around the age of 12 while in real life they were in their late teens to early adult hood and eventually became old enough to enlist in the military and see action in the battle field. The least flattering portrayal of any of the Young Allies was the character based on Washington. Renamed "White Wash Jones" the character was a dimwitted, racial stereotype that was modeled after a minstrel show. While considered socially acceptable at the time of their publication, Washington's portrayal would be considered greatly offensive by todays standards. At the time of their publication, Washington considered his portrayal as ridiculous. Although he would note that he had been treated worse when off duty, he remarked that "You could tell that those writers have never been up town".
The fictional accounts of the Young Allies are the most complete record of their activities during World War II, however how much of these tales are fiction and how much are truth have yet to be completely chronicled. For the purposes of clarity between what is known to be fully factual and what is regarded as sensationalized fiction, both will be addressed separately in this profile.
Real Life History
Shortly after the formation of the Young Allies, Wash would join his comrades in smashing a Nazi spy ring in New York leading to a clash with the Red Skull. The youths would be assisted by the timely arrival of Captain America and the Human Torch.
In 1943, Patrick and the Young Allies were sent to Hollywood California for a war bond drive. The rally was soon marred by an panic caused by Bucky and Toro's foe Lady Lotus, and they soon broke up the panic. Patrick and his friends were then ordered by the military to report to Democracy Pictures to participate in a film that was in support of the war. They were once more targeted by Lady Lotus who hypnotized actors to attack them, and then took Toro under her control. Capturing the team, Lady Lotus hypnotized the rest of the group and as part of her plan to take over the American west coast sent the group in a B-17 and P-40 to attack Muroc Army Airfield. However, Washington Jones snapped out of Lady Lotus' control and managed to help the others break free from her mind control. They would get the air fields participation in a ruse that made it appear their attack was a success. Pretending to still be under the control of Lady Lotus, the Young Allies got close enough to attack her. During the battle, Toro managed to knock a crystal that Lotus was using to boost her powers and it was subsequently swallowed up in the Earth. Lady Lotus then fled, vowing to get revenge against the Young Allies someday.
Coming of age, Washington would become a member of the United States Air Force seeing action in the liberation of France. In 1944, Washington would reunite with his fellow Young Allies when they all had some downtime. Meeting in France, the Young Allies would have their festivities cut short when Geoff would spot German operative Hauptman Kleinschmidt. Washington would ride his motorcycle into action into battle. When Kleinschmidt would attempt to flee in a truck, Wash would speed after him, allowing Bucky to jump on board and force the German to crash.
This would be the last time the Young Allies would fight together, but they all stayed in touch over the years.
For a detailed account of the fictional history of Whitewash Jones see the Fictional History of the Young Allies.
After the WarAfter the war Washington would rejoin the air force following President Truman's desegregated the armed forces. He would serve the air force with pride, serving in the Korean War. By the time he had retired from service he had earned the rank of Colonel. His activities following his retirement from service remain unrevealed. However he would be one of the few Young Allies to survive into the modern age. He would be visiting his fellow Ally Patrick O'Toole at Samuel J. Sawyer Memorial Veterans Hospital. They would be surprised by a visit from their old comrade Bucky (now the current Captain America) who they long though was killed in action during the war. The trio would catch up on old times until Patrick would die peacefully in his sleep. Washington would later take part in an inaugural parade. He would pass away shortly thereafter. His funeral was visited by Captain America and his old foe Lady Lotus. His body is buried in Arlington National Cemetery along with his other fellow Young Allies.
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