Cot­ton hon­ors vet who died this year

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL - FRANK E. LOCK­WOOD

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.”

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