JAMES A JACKSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 20E, LINE 75 OF THE WALL

JAMES ALBERT JACKSON

WALL NAME

JAMES A JACKSON

PANEL / LINE

20E/75

DATE OF BIRTH

11/27/1929

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LONG KHANH

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/21/1967

HOME OF RECORD

SEASIDE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Monterey County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES ALBERT JACKSON
POSTED ON 4.16.2016

Final Mission of SSGT James A. Jackson

SSGT James A. Jackson was a troop motor sergeant assigned to 1st Platoon, K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry. On May 21, 1967, his unit was conducting a normal resupply run along National Route 1 from the Gia Ray Rock Quarry to the junction on National Route 1 and Interprovincial Route 2 when they were ambushed by Viet Cong with RPG’s, recoilless rifle, and small arms. SSGT Jackson was in the Troop K mess truck with his driver PFC Gregory, when the ambush was sprung. They jumped from the truck with their M-16 rifles and hit the ditch to the south of the road. They saw about 20 VC in mixed uniforms kneeling behind some shallow mounds and firing. The VC seemed to be more interested in plugging holes in the truck than firing at Jackson and Gregory; some of the VC were exposing themselves unconcernedly and firing from a standing position. A heavy machinegun was also raking the truck from the wood line to the south of the road. Jackson and Gregory fired at the VC to their front until they had only half a clip of ammunition left apiece. Between them they had killed several VC and the incoming fire had subsided somewhat because the heavy machinegun had been neutralized. They decided to return to the truck and attempted to make a run for it. Upon leaving the truck, Gregory had forgotten to turn off the engine. Miraculously, when they returned to it the truck was still operational and the engine running. They moved down the road through a hail of small arms fire for about 50 meters before an RPG-2 round hit the truck in the middle of the driver’s seat. Gregory only avoided being killed because he was hunched down in the seat in order to avoid small arms fire, only his eyes peering over the dash board. His flak jacket protected him from the shrapnel effect of the blast, but he was stunned and lost control of the vehicle. It veered to the left, ran off the road, and came to a halt about 60 meters to the left rear of the tank. Jackson leaped from the vehicle and tried to get to a disabled tank, but was cut down midway between the truck and the tank by Viet Cong small arms fire from the south. His actions earned him the Bronze Star for heroism. [Taken from 11thcavnam.com and coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 5.21.2015
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT James Albert Jackson, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 12.4.2009
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

James is buried at Grove Island Cemetery in Teague, TX.
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POSTED ON 12.10.2006
POSTED BY: Joe Willey

Operation Embrace/Looking for Relatives

Jim was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) at the time of his death. 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia are attempting to locate relatives of all of our Troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. Please contact us at: [email protected] or through our website: http://www.11thcavnam.com

POST-TO-POST HORSE-TO-HORSE AND ONTO FIDDLERS GREEN ALLONS AND AMEN.
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POSTED ON 4.18.2006
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

Never Forgotten

FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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