Cotton honors vet who died this year
WASHINGTON — With Independence Day nearing, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton paid tribute Thursday to the patriotism and courage of Arthur Jackson, 92, a Medal of Honor recipient and World War II veteran who died June 14 in Boise, Idaho.
As a 19-year-old Marine private, Jackson fought on the island of Peleliu, roughly 500 miles east of the Philippines.
In September 1944, when Japanese troops opened fire on his platoon, he charged toward a pillbox that contained roughly 35 enemy soldiers, using white phosphorous grenades to clear it out. He eventually destroyed 12 pillboxes and after the war, President Harry Truman presented him with the nation’s highest military decoration for battlefield valor.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Cotton called Jackson “one of the greats,” saying his heroism would “inspire future generations of Americans for decades to come.”