- SFC Earl Jackson -
ROTC Instructor &
SFC Earl Jackson - "WAR DADDY"
By more than one Former Student
Story received 1/29/02
Those of us, who remember Sgt. Jackson, will think of a person who was dedicated to the U. S. Army and Lyman Ward Military Academy. He served two tours with the school. The first tour began in 1968 when he was assigned to the ROTC Department by the Department of the Army. He took care of the Supply Room and issued all of the Army clothing to the cadets. I remember that it all had to be returned to him at the end of the year or you were in big trouble and your parents would get a bill for lost U. S. Government property. He also had charge of the Silver Rifles Drill Team and they traveled everywhere. I still remember the awards and ribbons we won. This strict regimentation and discipline earned him the nickname of "WAR DADDY". At the end of his two-year tour he was transferred to Ft. Bragg, N.C. I'm not sure how long it was before he retired from the Army, but he returned to the Academy to become the Supply Sergeant for the school. He replaced Major Brown who had retired. The Supply Room at that time was on the bottom floor of Hill Hall next to the Canteen. When the new Supply building and laundry room were built across the street, Sgt. Jackson had a lot of input into the design. When it was finished it was considered the best supply facilities of any JROTC school in the nation. Sgt. Jackson took care of the clothing need for the cadets until his death in 1993. He died, as you would expect, on duty at the school from a massive heart attack. This was "WAR DADDY".
From the TAPS Page:
Sgt. Earl Jackson, Supply Officer - LWMA, died on May 26, 1993.
He was supply officer at LWMA from 1968 - 1969 before serving a tour in
Vietnam and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He returned to LWMA in 1971
and was here until his death. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette,
two children and four grandchildren.
(From the October 1993 Lyman Ward Sentinel.)
I Knew SFC Jackson too
I can add here that of the many times I went into Supply during Sgt. Jackson's tenure I was always treated with kindness and respect. Once, after the school patch had changed from the "Acorn Patch" to the current one, in the mid 1980's, I asked Sgt. Jackson if I could buy an old patch. He said, no, he did not have any old ones loose, but since I was old cadet he could do something else. He got up form his desk, walked to other side of the room, took out his pocketknife and proceeded to cut an old patch from a uniform blouse that was hanging there among many others. I'm looking at it right now as it hangs in a shadow frame that I made up of all the school and ROTC patches that were uesd by the school from 1955 up to the centennial in 1998. I loaned this framed set of patches to the Alumni Office for display during the 1998-1999 school year. Maybe one day it will hang in new Alumni Center permanently and Sgt. Jackson's gift to me will have returned home.
- LWMA and U.S. Army ROTC Patches -
Top Row: - Past - LWMA - NDCC - ROTC (High School and College)
Bottom Row: - Present - LWMA - JROTC (High School) - ROTC (College)
Part II added by Brian V. Brunner '64
Sergeant Jackson took as his bride in his later life, Ms. Jeanette Sharman Jackson, who became his helpmate in the supply room. Jeanette is a native of Camp Hill and has a son, Michael Sharman, who graduated from LWMA. Jeanette survives Earl, and she still lives in their home in Camp Hill, where Sergeant Jackson was noted for his bountiful vegetable gardens. They were a truly wonderful couple. Ms. Jackson was the perfect mate for Earl.
Part III added by Paul Tate - LWMA Faculty, 1965 - 1983
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