Justin “Jungle” Jackson lost in USS Jacksonville August 30, 1944

July 20, 2013

Dear Mac,

I wanted to thank you for creating this blog. I am in the process of writing my parent’s WWII story and so I am researching all of the people they wrote about in their two years of correspondence (May 1943 -  May1945).

My dad was a Navy Reserve officer with an Argus Unit, which landed him on Peleliu in September of 1944. 

My mother held down the home front in Savannah, Georgia.

One of their close acquaintances was Justin Lowe Jackson, Jr, of Savannah Georgia, who was aboard the USS Jacksonville when it was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic on August 30, 1944.

I’ve read accounts the claim a single crew member survived and then, on your blog, that two crew survived.

I know for a fact that Justin (“Jungle”) Jackson did not survive. He was a fireman/watertender in the Merchant Marine and was likely in the engine room when the ship was struck.

At any rate, I’d like to thank you and the contributors of this blog for the historical information posted about the USS Jacksonville.

It will help me write my tribute to “Jungle” as part of my parents WWII story.

Kindest regards,
Mr. Shelley R. Heard
Huntsville, Alabama, USA

see "Jerome Furmanm killed on the SS Jacksonville in 1944" and "U-Boat U-482, Success, then lost with all hands" and "Horace L. Lindsey went down with the Jacksonville"


Glad to be a small help.


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