Edwin C. Jackson
Edwin C. Jackson was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class #254, 14 June 1943. His first duty assignment was with the 42nd Infantry Division at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, where he served as part of the original cadre of officers. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Commander and S-3 Officer with the 3rd Battalion, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division; Inspection and Training Officer with the 101st Airborne Division and 2nd Army Headquarters. | His military awards include: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, American Theater Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ Silver Campaign Star, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal w/ Germany Clasp, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Presidential Unit Citation (3rd Battalion, 314th Infantry Regiment) and French Croix de Guerre w/ Palm (79th Division). | Headquarters 79th Infantry Division, APO 79, U. S. Army, General Orders Number 35, 5 March 1945. Award of Silver Star. Pursuant to authority contained in AR .600-45, the Silver Star is awarded to Captain EDWIN C. JACKSON, 01321039, Infantry, 314th Infantry, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy on 9 December 1944 in France. When Captain Jackson received an order for an attack, he conducted a personal reconnaissance of the terrain and enemy positions in his company’s area of attack. At the appointed time he led his company in the attack on the enemy position, routing two enemy companies, taking 30 prisoners and killing 24 enemy. During the attack Captain Jackson was wounded but refused evacuation until the company’s mission was accomplished. His outstanding leadership and devotion to duty reflect highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States. | Captain Jackson, deceased, 26 May 2007, is interred in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.