Fitz in the Morning: Troop Salute

Arthur Jackson of USMC

There are Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who serve their country and their brothers in arms exactly as they should with honor and courage. There are a select few who become legends for their bravery and accomplishments. Today we salute Capt. Arthur Jackson of the United States Marine Corps. Captain Jackson is a legend in the Marine Corps, known for “The One Man Assault”. All the way back on Sept. 18, 1944 at the battle of Peleilu, then 19-year-old PFC Jackson was asked if he could establish a foothold in a shallow trench 100 yards ahead. He replied like any young kid, saying “yeah, I guess so” and set out on his mission. 50 enemy soldiers and 12 pillboxes later, he had single handedly cleared the entire southern sector of the island. Remember that he was just 19 years old at the time! After taking a serious injury Jackson was sent to Okinawa where he received treatment and Two Purple Hearts. In October of 1945, President Harry S. Truman awarded then 2nd Lieutenant Jackson with the nation’s highest honor for his bravery and his actions. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Captain Jackson joined the Army years later, then returned to the Marines. Captain Arthur Jackson passed away in Boise, Idaho, where he had lived out his golden years just 3 years ago at the age of 92. He was buried with full military honors by United States Marines.