Medal of Honor recipient, Colonel Joe Jackson passed away January 12th, 2019 .
World War II:
He was a true American hero who serviced in WWII as a crew chief aboard a B-25 Mitchell bomber. During a training mission his engineer was sick and Jackson filled in for him. During that flight an engine fire threatened the plane and the lives of the crew. The pilot not knowing how to put out the fire and asked for Jackson’s help. Jackson successfully put out the fire and save the aircraft and the lives of the crew.
Jackson became a pilot after the war and was then called to serve in Korea. He was promoted to Major and served with the 524th Fighter Squadron, He Flew over 107 combat missing in the F-84 Thunderjet.
Jackson later went on to volunteer to go to Vietnam and serve with the 311th Air Commando Squadron. He flew the C-123 Provider over South Vietnam providing support and search and rescue missions. It was on May 12th, 1968 during the Battle of Kham Duc
near the Laos boarder, that Jackson volunteered to fly into heavy enemy fire to rescue a 3-man USAF Combat Control team stationed at the Special Forces camp at Kham Duc. Jackson needed to land on the damaged air strip that was littered with 8 other downed aircraft. Jackson was able to land near the teams location while his aircraft was hit multiple times including taking a rocket to the nose of his aircraft. The rocket failed to explode and Jackson was able to take off again with the rescued men and fly them back to safety.
Jackson was presented with the Metal of Honor for his heroic acts at the White House on January 16th, 1969 by Lyndon B. Johnson. He later went on to retire from military serve in December of 1973 at the rank of Colonel. May he rest in peace knowing that a great nation morns and honors his passing.