Air Force Veteran Jack. A. Jackson is today's Veteran of the Day.

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Jack. A. Jackson, who served as a pilot in the European theater during World War II.

Jack A. Jackson was an 18-year old freshman at the University of Texas, Austin, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Although Jackson enlisted in the Army Air Forces with his brother and a friend, only Jackson became an aviation cadet.

Over the course of his training, Jackson went from a country boy used to being barefooted to learning evasive maneuvers, mastering gunnery practice and managing bumpy landings. Jackson graduated in April 1943 and went to Alliance, Nebraska. Before going to England in September 1943, he married his high school sweetheart; however, they would not see each other for the next 22 months.

Jackson served with 72nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 434th Troop Carrier Group, Ninth Air Force, at Fulbeck, England. His first combat mission was D-Day. In the predawn hours of the invasion, Jackson flew a C-47 Skytrain into occupied France and dropped paratroopers near the village of Sainte-Mère-Église. In the following days, Jackson made frequent trips to supply the invasion and ferry the wounded. Jackson also participated in Operation Market Garden by towing gliders through poor weather. During the Battle of the Bulge, Jackson helped aerially resupply the besieged city of Bastogne. His final combat mission involved dropping paratroopers over the Rhine River, as part of the final American advance into Germany. The war ended a few months later, and Jackson finally returned home after nearly two years abroad.

Jackson left the Army Air Forces as a first lieutenant and went back to school. After he graduated, he pursued a law degree and established himself as a lawyer. Later, Jackson joined the Air Force Reserve in 1946, finally retiring in 1970 as a lieutenant colonel.

We honor his service.


Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.


Contributors

Writer: Tahmin Khan

Editor: Claire Pei

Fact checker: Brett Raffish

Graphic artist: Deanna Cannon

Share this story

Published on Sep. 5, 2020

Estimated reading time is 2.2 min.

Views to date: 264

One Comment

  1. Senior Veterans Care Network September 5, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    We honor the service of Jack A. Jackson.

Comments are closed.

More Stories

  • Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Noble Sissle, who was a member of the 369th Infantry Regimental Band, which was assigned to the French Army during World War I.

  • Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy, Marine and Army Veteran Donald Ballard, who served for 35 years and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War.

  • Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Lewis Millett, who served in World War II and received a Medal of Honor for leading a bayonet charge while serving in Korea.