shared by his daughter, Lynn Jackson Towne:
Dad arrived at Headquarters, Second Battalion sometime during the first
week following D-Day,
June 6, 1944
, as best we can figure.
Dad was not with Headquarters very long when he was transferred to
Company “E”, replacing lst Platoon Leader Lt. Lapres who had been
wounded and eventually lost his left leg.
of WWII Veterans, my Dad passed away
October 6, 1989
telling us very little
of his days as a Ranger. My
family has relied on the memories of Men of Company “E” to fill in the
missing pieces. They have,
and continue to share these memories with me for which I am very grateful.
of these men, we know it was lightly snowing the morning of
, at the start of the
Battle of Hill 400, when my Dad was hit by a mortar, eventually losing his
left leg below the knee. Dad
never complained about losing his leg, instead taught us through his own
example that there wasn’t anything we couldn’t accomplish if we were
willing to put in the time and energy to do it.
He taught us respect for our elders, our military, our country and
our Flag. He instilled in us
pride through accomplishment, and confidence in our abilities.
and narrative submitted by Ranger
church in Bergstein, Germany was made into a makeshift aid station where
many of the wounded Rangers were taken during the Battle for Hill 400.
Ranger Jackson, pictured above, was taken to this church after he lost his
leg in December 1944.