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Past president Ed Jackson dies

Past president Ed Jackson dies

     Edward Jackson, 80, E/395, died Sept. 19, 2001, at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia PA.

     He was chairman of the Philadelphia convention in July 2000, then served as president of the 99th Infantry Division Association. He also was a well-known member of the Checkerboard Chorus.

     Jackson was drafted to the 366th Engineer Regiment in December 1942, then shipped to Kansas for basic training. From there, his group went to Tennessee and New York for more training.

     His unit's main responsibility was road maintenance but after the heavy casualties of the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, Jackson and thousands of other black soldiers volunteered to fight.

     He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Holmesburg PA, where he served as a trustee for 50 years. He also sang in choirs and nearby other churches.

     Jackson worked with the Philadelphia Police Department as a communications worker, handling mail. He retired in 1980.

     He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice.

     Survivors include his wife, Eloise; two sons, Clarence and H.Christopher; a daughter, Toya; and many grandchildren.

     Past presidents Elwood Hill and Michael Strollo and Andy Trulac represented the 99th Infantry Division Association at the funeral.