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PAUL VERNON JACKSON III


is honored on Panel 1W, Line 105 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Brave and Gentle

    Posted on 11/12/18 - by Glenda Hudgins Anthony
    So handsome, so brave, so bright, so gentle
  • Brave and Gentle

    Posted on 11/12/18 - by Glenda Hudgins Anthony
    So handsome, so brave, so bright, so gentle
  • Final Mission of CPT Paul V. Jackson III

    Posted on 3/19/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    CPT Paul V. Jackson III was a Raven Forward Air Controller assigned as a civilian to the Ambassador to Laos. He supported General Vang Pao in northern Laos. On Christmas Eve 1972, CPT Jackson was controlling four A-7 aircraft, directing them onto a gun position 10 miles southwest of the Ban Ban Valley when he pulled his O-1 up sharply in front of one of the A-7’s and they collided. It appeared he was either hit by ground fire or lost track of the fighter during the battle. The A-7 maneuvered violently to avoid collision with the FAC, but the O-1's left wing strut was clipped and the left wing parted. The A-7 became uncontrollable and the pilot, CPT Charles F. Riess, ejected. Jackson crashed and was reported dead by another Raven FAC. Riess was captured and imprisoned in Hanoi until being released March 28, 1973. Jackson’s body has not been recovered. [Taken from fac-assoc.org, coffeltdatabase.org, and pownetwork.org]
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  • Thinking of you today Skip

    Posted on 5/25/15 - by Lt Col Steve Wilson, USAF Retired, Raven 27 1972 steve.wilson.sos@gmail.com
    Thinking of Captain Skip Jackson today (Veterans Day 2015) along with the other Ravens killed in action in Laos. My wife visited me in Laos for a few days just before I ended my tour in June 1972. She met Skip at the villa where we lived and always said Skip was the best looking man she ever met in person. He was handsome but so much more: great pilot, respected officer, and overall good person. We miss you pal along with all the others.
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  • USAFA Roommate (Class of 1968)

    Posted on 2/11/15 - by Bob Johnston
    Paul V. "Skip" Jackson III will forever be missed by those he served with and those he shared his life with. Skip always wanted to fly, but his eyesight did not meet pilot standards, so he studied to become a medical doctor instead. He went to medical school and met a doctor who helped him "pass" the eye exam and other necessary preflight physical requirements to enter pilot training. Upon graduating from undergraduate pilot training, Skip qualified to become a forward air controller (FAC) in Vietnam. After serving a short time there, he volunteered to join the Raven FACs in Laos. His combat loss occurred when a flight of attacking aircraft collided mid-air with his O-1 aircraft. We will never forget his bravery and his dedication. May God bless him. Godspeed, my dear old buddy.
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