Jackson, Eugene, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 11B40, RHHC, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Private First Class

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Moder River in Haguenau

Casualty Date
Feb 15, 1945
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
World War II
Location of Interment
Greenwood Memorial Park - Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section O 168 Space 3

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Infantry Shoulder Cord Netherlands Orange Lanyard Honorably Discharged WW II

French Fourragere 101st Airbone Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Gold Star Silver Star Service Banner 506th Distinguished Member of the Regiment

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Basic Parachutist (2 Combat Jumps)

 Unit Assignments
506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1944-1945, 11B40, RHHC, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Battle for Carentan
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Pegasus
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Airborne Landings
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Siege of Bastogne
  1944-1944 Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Private First Class Eugene E. Jackson was a soldier with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II. Jackson was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Andrew-Lee Potts.

Jackson was from Arnold, Pennsylvania. It is unclear when Jackson joined Easy company. While Malarkey in his book seems to suggest that Jackson was with Easy Company early on, others, including Richard D. Winters and Edward Heffron suggested that Jackson was a replacement who joined Easy Company before Operation Market Garden. Jackson made his combat jump into Normandy on D-day as part of the Operation Overlord.

He was seriously wounded there when a mortar fragment hit his head.Jackson wanted to return to Easy Company, but was sent back to the hospital because the officers thought he had not recovered enough for duty.  Eventually, Jackson rejoined Easy and participated in Operation Market Garden on September 17, 1944. Jackson participated in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

On January 3, 1945, Jackson was with Joseph Toye and William "Wild Bill" Guarnere when the later was severely wounded during a German artillery attack in Bastogne. As a jeep carrying ammo passed by the driver refused to carry the injured man to the aid station until Jackson threatened the driver with a gun. Jackson was chosen for a patrol mission across the Moder River in Haguenau on February 15, 1945.

He was seriously wounded by grenade shrapnel. He was taken back across the river but died shortly after. It is said that Jackson lied about his age and enlisted in the army when he was 16. When he died he was only nineteen. However, according to his memorial, Jackson was born in 1922. If this is correct, Jackson was actually twenty-two when he died. Jackson is buried in Greenwood Memorial Park, Pennsylvania, United States.

Although Jackson was killed in Haguenau, his name appears on an Easy Company monument in Bastogne. The scene where Jackson was fatally wounded is shown in the eighth episode, the Last Patrol, of the miniseries. In the series, Jackson was hit by the grenade he threw. It might not be accurate, as others suggested that Jackson was hit by a German grenade.
Died February 15, 1945 (aged 22) Haguenau, France Buried at Greenwood Memorial Park, Pennsylvania, United States Allegiance United State Service/branch United States Army sealUnited States Army Years of service 1942-1945 Rank US Army WWII, Private First Class Unit 506 Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, US 101st Airborne Division Battles/wars World War II Battle of Normandy Operation Market Garden Battle of the Bulge
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