VIETNAM - JACKSON, FRED ORR JR

Jackson, Fred Orr Jr

VIETNAM - JACKSON, FRED ORR JR
JACKSON, FRED ORR JR

Rank: Captain

Unit: Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 1542 – Infantry Unit Commander

Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: AH-1G, Tail # 67-015861, Pilot
Flight class 69-12, Fort Wolters, Texas

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 14-Jan-1943

Hometown: Ft Benning, Georgia

Marital status: Married to Roselyn J. Jackson

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 14-Oct-1964

Start of tour: 11-Aug-1969

Incident date: 5-Sep-1969

Date of casualty: 5-Sep-1969

Age at death: 26

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Helicopter Crash — Crew (MC). Aircraft loss, crash not at sea.
Fred Orr Jackson Jr was killed while pilot of a military aircraft on a combat operation when the aircraft was fired upon by hostile ground forces. The aircraft crashed and burned. / Pilot on AH-1G aircraft on combat mission.  Aircraft received hostile ground fire and crashed and burned.

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
CPT Fred Orr Jackson Jr
WO Terrance Edward Ledden

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XU 709 112

Place of interment: Fort Benning Post Cemetery, Fort Benning, Georgia, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 18W 039 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS
POSTHUMOUS

CAPTAIN FRED ORR JACKSON JR, INFANTRY
5 SEPTEMBER 1969
AIR CAVALRY TROOP
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Captain Jackson distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty on 5 September 1969, while serving as a helicopter pilot with the Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date in the vicinity of Loc Ninh, Captain Jackson was flying cover for a light observation helicopter which was performing a visual reconnaissance of the area. Suddenly the aircraft came under a heavy barrage of enemy ground fire which seriously damaged it. Captain Jackson immediately gave the pilot instructions for arriving safely at the Quan Loi basecamp and simultaneously set his gunship for a run on the enemy emplacements. Disregarding the intense hostile fire directed at his aircraft, he brought a highly accurate barrage of machine gun fire on the positions. He then broke contact and followed the damaged light helicopter, contacting the medical facilities and alerting them to the situation. When the disabled ship had landed safely, Captain Jackson volunteered to return to the same area with a second observation helicopter. He directed the aircraft out of the line of hostile fire when suddenly intense machine gun fire swept the gunship, setting it aflame. He began returning to the base camp, but the gunship was too severely damaged and crashed, killing him. Captain Jackson’s unwavering devotion to duty and personal courage were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam, General Orders No. 2811 (17 October 1969)

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