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WWII Medal of Honor recipient Art Jackson passes away, family spokesperson confirms

He was fighting at the Battle of Peleliu in World War II when his platoon's advance was held up by the fire of enemy troops concealed in strongly fortified positions. Jackson unhesitatingly proceeded forward and used his automatic weapon, grenades, and explosive charges, to single-handedly wipe out 12 pillboxes, greatly contributing to securing Peleliu Island's southern sector.

A family spokesperson has confirmed that Art Jackson, a WWII Medal of Honor recipient, has passed away in Boise at 92. He died Wednesday at the Boise VA Medical Center.

Jackson was one of five living recipients of the Medal of Honor for WWII, now there are only four.

Arthur Junior Jackson was born October 18, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio.

He was fighting at the Battle of Peleliu in World War II when his platoon's advance was held up by the fire of enemy troops concealed in strongly fortified positions. Jackson unhesitatingly proceeded forward and used his automatic weapon, grenades, and explosive charges, to single-handedly wipe out 12 pillboxes, greatly contributing to securing Peleliu Island's southern sector.

He was later wounded at Okinawa and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War before returning to the Marine Corps. He again served with the U.S. Army Reserves, until retiring as a Captain in 1984.

He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman at a White House ceremony on October 5, 1945. Funeral services are pending.

About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by Congress in 1958 and consists exclusively of the living recipients of our nation's highest award for bravery in combat, the Medal of Honor. Those who wear this light blue ribbon and Medal around their neck are "recipients" of this prestigious award; they are not "winners." Although it is common to refer to the Medal as the Congressional Medal of Honor, it is simply named the Medal of Honor, although, as stated, the Congress did establish the Society as the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

A family spokesperson says he was a true American hero and thanks the 'greatest generation' for their service.

Boise Police issued a statement in reaction to his death that reads:

"It is with great sadness that members of the Boise Police Department hear the news that Medal of Honor recipient Arthur Jackson recently passed away at the Boise VA. He was surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday evening when he passed. Art was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in World War II. He was 92 years old.

Former Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson met Art Jackson several years ago during his tenure as Chief. As a result of his introduction, several officers met and befriended Art and their friendship with the Jackson family continues to this day."

The family has asked for privacy, but details about a memorial will be available soon.


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