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Corporal Edward Jackson

C Company

745th Tank Battalion

Attached to: 1st Infantry Division


Corporal Edward Jackson
Serialnumber: 36375283
C Company, 745th Tank Battalion
1st Infantry Division

Home: Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois
Born: 18 November 1918
Entered service on: 30 January 1942
Death: 18 March 1945
Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart



Edward Jackson was born on November 18, 1918 in Alexander County, illinois. He was the only son of Edward Jackson Sr. and Ethel Beatrice Mansfield. He had 5 sisters: Gladys, Grave, Violet, Wanda and Thelma.

His father was a great man. He was a loving man who never got mad and never drank. He worked at the Central Railroad Company. Every payday he gave Edward and his sister Violet a dollar to spend in the local shop. Edward always bought candy and Violet came home with sardines and crackers. Her father nicknamed her Sardine Girl.

On April 19, 1924 a terrible thing happened. At his work got a appendicitis. Edward Jackson Sr. was transferred to St. Marys Hospital in Cairo and died in April 22, 1924.

They didnít even have a house that winter, but a nice man from the Railroad offered them shelter in a railroad wagon. This man, Mr. Pearman took care of the family and finally married Edwards mother Ethel.

When World War 2 started, Edward decided to join the Army. At age 24 he became tank driver with the 745th Tank Battalion. In 1945, when the war was going to its end, his sister Violet was waiting for him to come home. But the news she got wasnít the news she was hoping for. Edward Jackson died op March 18, 1945 in Wullscheid, Germany after his tank was hit by German fire. In March, the 745th was involved with the ballet for the Remagen Bridge over the Rhine river. At age 26, Edward took part in that battle but didnít see the end of the war.

He is buried on American War Cemetery Henri-Chapelle, Belgium: Plot D, Row 5, Grave 4

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