PFC James Alfred Jackson, 31 Aug 1922 - 15 Oct 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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