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Charles Burton Jackson was born 11 April 1929 at Selma, Fresno Co, California to John Franklin Jackson and Essa Vina Whitener Lewallen Jackson.

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
MM3 1
Birth:
11 Apr 1929 1
Selma, Fresno Co, CA, USA 1
Death:
17 May 1974 1
St Louis, City, MO, USA at John Cochran V.A. Hospital 1
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Full Name:
Charles Burton Jackson 1
Also known as:
Charlie or Burt 1
Birth:
11 Apr 1929 1
Selma, Fresno Co, CA, USA 1
Male 1
Death:
17 May 1974 1
St Louis, City, MO, USA at John Cochran V.A. Hospital 1
Cause: Heart Attack brought on by complications to Diabetes 1
Burial:
Burial Date: 20 May 1974 1
Burial Place: Mt Pisgah Missionary Baptist Cemetery, Zion, Twelve Mile Twp, Madison Co, MO, USA 1
Physical Description:
Height: 5' 11" 1
Weight/Build: 180 lbs. Slim 1
Eye Color: Gray 1
Hair Color: Brown 1
Residence:
Place: #7 Dolores Dr, Cahokia, IL, USA 1
From: 10 Sep 1955 1
To: 17 May 1974 1
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Birth:
Mother: Essa Vina Whitener Lewallen Jackson 1
Father: John Franklin Jackson 1
Marriage:
Margaret Josephine Whalen 1
20 May 1950 1
Halloran Community Church, Halloran Community on Ten Mile Creek, Epps Twp, Butler Co, MO, USA 1
Spouse Death Date: 18 Jul 2009 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
MM3 1
Service Start Date:
01 Aug 1946 1
Service Number:
3396611 1
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Occupation:
Machinest 1
Religion:
Christian 1
Category:
MM3 US Navy 1
Employment:
Employer: White-Rodgers Div. of Emerson Electric 1
Position: Screw Machine Operator 1
Place: St Louis, MO & Affton, MO, USA 1
Start Date: late 1950's 1
End Date: 1973 1
Education:
Institution: Mt Pisgah School 1
Place: Mt Pisgah, Zion, Twelve Mile Twp, Madison Co, MO, USA 1
From: 1935 1
To: 1941 1

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Charles Burton Jackson

Charles Burton Jackson was born on the Brown Plantation in Selma, Fresno County, California, April 11, 1929. His parents were John Franklin Jackson and Essa Vina Whitener Lewallen Jackson. Charles had two older half-brothers, Alfred Jackson, who died at two and one-half years; and William Lee Lewallen, Jr, a Madison County veteran who died from wounds he received in batte and pneumonia during World War II. He had two sisters, Zuelika Juanita Jackson Morgan and Zulela Bonita Jackson Hamblen; a brother, James Glendell Jackson, a U.S. Navy Veteran who served in the Aleutian Islands during WWI, and who had spent time on the US Unimak. Charles had other half-brothers, John Frederick Jackson and Darrell Lavern Jackson.

The family moved back to Madison County from California to the Emmett Priday farm in the Saco Community while Charles was small. He attended the Mt. Pisgah School; Howard Gregory was one of his teachers.

Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after his seventeenth birthday. He received his basic training at San Diego, California, where he trained as a machinest mate. He was stationed aboard the USS Frank Knox DDR-742 and assigned to the Pacific Fleet. He had ports of call in Hawaii and China during his two year enlistment in the Navy. He received the World War II Victory Medal, as his date of enlistment included the technical end of the war.

Charles married Margaret Josephine Whalen, the daughter of Marten Henry Whalen and Gertrude Johanna Jenny Bescheinen of the Halloran Community on Ten Mile Creek, Epps Township, Butler County, Missouri, on May 20th 1950. They were the parents of three children: Michael Stephen Jackson, of Freeburg, Illinois; Donna Sue Jackson Tolentino of DeSoto, Missouri; and Paula Gay Jackson Dierkes of Swansea, Illinois. There are ten grandchildren.

When Charles first returned from service, he worked as a carpenter. He lived in St Louis from 1950 to 1955, when the family moved to Cahokia, Illinois. While there, Charles worked as a screw machine operator for the White Rodgers Company a division of Emerson Electric, first in St Louis and then in Affton, MO. He also helped operate a trucking, concrete, and rental business with his brother, James.

Charles discovered soon after his discharge from the Navy that he was a Type 1 Diabetic. He died of complications from this disease at the age of forty-five on May 17, 1974, at John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital in St Louis, City, Missouri. A service was held at the Braun Funeral Home Chapel in Cahokia, Illinois, and also at the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Madison County, Missouri. He is buried in the Pinckney Whitener row under a tall oak tree at the rear of Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
(from a biography of Charles Burton Jackson written by Michael Stephen Jackson, his son, on pages 164 and 165 of Madison County, Missouri World War II Veterans, 1998).

MM3 Charles Burton Jackson served on USS Frank Knox (DD-742)

Charles Burton Jackson MM3 served aboard the USS Frank Knox DDR 742 -  during her 2nd tour of duty in 1946 - 1947.

USS  Frank Knox (DD-742) was a Gearing-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War II. She was named afterSecretary of the Navy Frank Knox.

Frank Knox was built at Bath, Maine. Commissioned in December 1944, she arrived in the western Pacific war zone in mid-June 1945, in time to participate in the final carrier air raids on the Japanese home islands as part of Task Force 38. She was present in Tokyo Bay when Japan formally surrendered on 2 September 1945 and remained in the Far East until early February 1946. The ship made additional deployments to the region during the later 1940s and was reclassified as a radar picket destroyer (DDR) in March 1949.

Frank Knox again steamed across the Pacific to take part in hostilities in early July 1950, shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War. During this combat tour, which lasted into 1951, her missions included support of the Inchon invasion, shelling enemy targets ashore and patrolling the Taiwan Straits. Two more Korean War cruises followed in 1952 and 1953, and for the rest of the decade Frank Knox deployed regularly to WestPac for Seventh Fleet service.

In 1960–1961 Frank Knox was modernized under the FRAM II program, which gave her updated radars and other new equipment. She was based in the Far East from late 1961 until mid-1964, then returned home via Australia and the south Pacific. Again deployed in June 1965, she briefly served off Vietnam conducting naval gunfire support and coastal patrol operations. While underway in the South China Sea on 18 July, Frank Knox ran aground on Pratas Reef, and was only freed after a very difficult salvage effort. Though she was badly damaged, and relatively elderly, her command and control capabilities justified an extensive repair job, which was carried out at Yokosuka, Japan, over the next year.

Frank Knox rejoined the active forces in November 1966 and resumed her pattern of nearly annual Seventh Fleet cruises, frequently taking part in Vietnam combat missions. Redesignated DD-742 at the beginning of 1969, she completed her final deployment in November 1970 and was decommissioned at the end of January 1971. USS Frank Knox was transferred to theGreek Navy a few days later. Renamed Themistoklis (D-210) (from Themistocles Athenian statesman who persuaded Athens to build a navy and then led it to victory over the Persians), she served for another two decades before being placed out of commission in the early 1990s. The old ship was sunk as a torpedo target by the Greek Submarine Nereus (S-111) on 12 September 2001 a link showing the sinking is at 

http://www.hellenicnavy.gr/VIDEO%20DY%20INTERNET/BOLH%20TL%20N2%20HQ.wmv

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