Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Wednesday Hero

SFC. Mark Wayne Jackson
40 years old from Glennie, Michigan
A Company, 2nd Battalion, ODA 145, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
United States Army
October 2, 2002

SFC. Mark Jackson was stationed in the Philippines to help train Filipino troops in anti-terrorism tactics. He and five Filipino soldiers were killed when a man on a motorcycle set off a homemade bomb in a restaurant outside of Camp Enrile Malagutay, in Zamboanga. 25 others were injured in the attack.

SFC Jackson joined the military in 1983 at the age of 21. During his 19 years of service, he received numerous awards and decorations. The Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Southwest Asia Service Ribbon with Bronze Service Star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with arrowhead, the Army Good Conduct Medal fifth award, the National Defense Service Ribbon with Bronze Star, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with three device, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, The Expert Infantry Badge, the Master Parachutists Badge, the Military Free Fall Badge, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Jordanian Parachutist Badge, the Bahraini Parachutist Badge, the Russian Parachutist Badge, the Korean Parachutist Badge, and the Royal Thai Army Parachutist Badge.

"He believed in what he was doing, and he loved his job", said his father, William Jackson.

These brave men and women have given their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

If you have a loved who has served or is currently serving in the armed forces, and feel they should be profiled as a Wednesday Hero, I would be proud to do it. Just email me with some info and a photo.
We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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Anonymous said...

I don't think there could've been a person on Earth that didn't like Mark. He might possibly be the sweetest man I ever knew. He did love what he did in the Army. He taught me alot. The world is a dimmer place without him. On that note...
If you love someone-tell them. Don't let petty things bother you. We are not promised tomorrow.
I loved you and I miss you, Mark. Please be at the gates whenever I get there.