WILLIAM JACKSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 29W, LINE 50 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM JACKSON

WALL NAME

WILLIAM JACKSON

PANEL / LINE

29W/50

DATE OF BIRTH

05/14/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/15/1969

HOME OF RECORD

BAYONNE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hudson County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PVT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM JACKSON
POSTED ON 3.23.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PVT William 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 7.26.2013
POSTED BY: New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

Submitted by the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation

If you have any additional information about this hero or are a relative, please contact the Foundation at [email protected] or 1-800-648-8387.
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POSTED ON 3.15.2012
POSTED BY: A Vietnam Vet.

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private William Jackson (ASN: RA-12771906), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 3d Battalion, 1st Infantry, Americal Division. Private Jackson distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 15 March 1969 during a combat sweep operation near the village of Tap An Bac, approximately twenty miles southeast of Quang Ngai City. While his unit was making its way through thick underbrush, hedgerows and clusters of bamboo, several small groups of North Vietnamese soldiers were spotted. Searching the dense terrain, Specialist Jackson saw four enemy troops moving to a bunker and immediately opened fire, single-handedly killing all four and capturing their weapons. As his element continued forward, it came under fire from a hostile fortification which wounded the radio-telephone operator. Private Jackson courageously exposed himself to the communists to draw their attention and to place accurate return fire, enabling two men to rescue the casualty. When he and his comrades were securing the area so the wounded man could be evacuated, they started to receive heavy fire from another enemy position. Shooting his rifle and hurling hand grenades, Private Jackson made a direct assault on the stronghold and succeeded in silencing it. An ambulance helicopter began to land, but was engulfed by enemy fire. Private Jackson braved a hail of bullets to engage the aggressors, and was mortally wounded by the hostile fusillade. Private Jackson's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1855 (May 23, 1969)

Action Date: 15-Mar-69

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Company C

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 1st Infantry Regiment

Division: Americal Division
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POSTED ON 12.19.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

William is buried at Machpelah Cemetery, North Bergin,NJ. DSC BSM PH
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POSTED ON 2.9.2003
POSTED BY: Joe Stachelski

Pvt. William Jackson

Army Pvt. William Jackson was killed in action in Vietnam. He was the 16th Bayonne man and the 90th Hudson County resident to die in the Vietnam war.

Pvt. Jackson died just three weeks before he was scheduled to end his Vietnam service and return to the United States. He had been in country slightly more than 11 months. Pvt. Jackson was on a patrol operation when his unit came under enemy fire. He was wounded and later died in a military field hospital.

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