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Joe Madison Jackson

Joe Jackson - Medal Of Honor Recipient


U.S. Air Force
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Lieutenant Colonel Jackson was the aircraft commander of an unarmed C-123 transport flying a tactical emergency evacuation mission to rescue three remaining survivors at the Special Forces camp at Kham Duc, Vietnam on May 12, 1968. The camp had been completely overrun and was in control of hostile forces. Intense automatic weapons fire was directed at his aircraft on the landing approach, while on the ground and during take-off. In addition to the rocket and mortar barrage which rained down as the three survivors were boarding, a rocket landed directly in front of his C-123, skidded to a halt, and broke in half without detonating. After rescuing the three Americans, Colonel Jackson ignored the hail of enemy fire to taxi down the battered and nearly ruined runway to take off. Under the most hostile of conditions, Colonel Jackson risked his own life to rescue three men facing innumerable odds and certain death or capture.

A photograph taken of Colonel Jackson's aircraft on the runway at Kham Duc from another American aircraft overhead, may be the only known photograph of a Medal of Honor action. Jackson was a veteran of three wars, flying B-25 bombers in World War II and 107 combat missions in Korea.

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