PFC James Alfred Jackson 1922 - 1948
James was born 31 August 1922, in Kearneysville, West Virginia. His father was James E. Jackson, an orchard laborer, and his mother was Isabelle Ferguson. He was married and in 1940 he worked as a miner in West Virginia.
James enlisted on 7 November 1941, in Huntington, West Virginia. He was deployed with the 93rd Engineer Regiment, Company E, to Canada to build the Alaska-Canada Highway (ALCAN). In the event of a Japanese invasion, the ALCAN highway would be necessary to protect Alaska. There were four regiments of African-American engineers involved in building the ALCAN, the 93rd Engineer General Service Regiments, the 95th Engineer General Service Regiments, the 97th Engineer General Service Regiment and the 388th Engineer Battalion. At this time, African-American troops were still segregated from white troops & were sent to labor battalions. These African-American troops’ service building the ALCAN was very labor intensive in harsh environments … social, weather, & terrain.
James was discharged on 21 November 1944. He received a Good Conduct Medal in the 93rd Engineer Regiment. His death certificate records that he was employed as a chauffeur in Pittsburgh, PA. James was murdered at the age of 26 on 15 October 1948, in Pittsburgh, PA. His death certificate describes shock and hemorrhage due to multiple stab wounds in his chest and abdomen.
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INFORMATION FROM MARKER
Name: James Alfred Jackson
Date of birth: 1922
Date of death: 1948
Type of marker: Marble (military)
Inscription or epitaph: WEST VIRGINIA, PFC 93 ENGRS, WORLD WAR II
Other data (pronoun, veteran status, etc.): Veteran, WWII
INFORMATION FROM OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS
Last name: Jackson
First name: James
Middle name: Alfred
Occupation: Chauffer, Office of Deployment
Place of birth: WV
Place of death: Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Date of birth:
Date of death: October 15, 1948 – 10:26pm
Cause of death: Shock & Hemorrhage following multiple stab wounds of chest & abdomen (Murder)
Informant: Charles D. Jackson
Cemetery name: REMOVAL – October 19, 1948, Harpers Ferry WV
Funeral home: W.J. Poole, 2161 Wylie Ave.
Mother: Isabella Ferguson
Father: James E. Jackson
Siblings: Berkley E. Jackson, Charles D. Jackson, John Jackson, James E. Jackson Jr, David Jackson, Isabell A. Jackson, Louis R. Jackson [1940 census]
Other kinship affiliation:
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