13 Oct 1942 — Jefferson Barracks
Inducted US Army 13 Oct 1942 at jefferson Barracks st louis, Missouri. Honorable Discharge 16 Sep 1945 at Fort Sheridan Chicago, Illinois.
A Squad Leader of Company L. 357th Infantry, 90th Division. He was the leader of 60 man mortar and rifle squad for Infantry Regiment in the US and European Theatre of Operation. Supervised comat activities of 12 men, moved, setup, maintained and fired 60 mm Mortar. Also maintained and fired 30 cal. MI rifle. Gave firing order, used field telephone and voice Radio. Did Camouflaging. Departed US 23 Mar 1944 arrived Euporean Theatre (England) 3 April 1944. Landed Normandy D-Day Plus 6.
"On 7 July 1944 I was a member of Company L, 357th Infantry, 90th Division. I was captured on this date by the Germans near St Lo, France. My Battalion was ordered up to the line to relieve the 1st Battalion with the 358th Infantry. We were given the order to attack. When we prededed too far, we found ourselves with no support and surrounded by Germans where I was wounded and finally taken prisoner by the Germans. Sgt George Smith and Sgt Theodore Mason were captured with me." Written by John Will Jackson on 4 July 1945 at Hot Springs Arkansas Army Ground and Services Forces Redistribution Station.
Ssgt Jackson was a POW in Stalag 12a and transferred to Stalag IIIc from 7 July, 1944 until 27 January 1945 when he was liberated from Stalag 3c. He traveled through Russia and South until he eventually ended up in Egypt He departed Egypt via ship 30 Mar 1945 and Arrived USA 9 April 1945. His Battle Campaigns were in Normandy, France, and Rhineland. He received Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Bronze Star Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with 3 Bronze Battle Stars and 2 Overseas bars. he was wounded in action 7 July 1944 at St Lo France.