SGT Jackson
- SFC Earl Jackson -
ROTC Instructor &
Supply Officer

Another Tidbit on "WAR DADDY"

Bill Thomason ('69)
Madison, AL - 6/26/02

Bill also supplied the images of SFC Jackson
from page 59 of the 1969 L.W.M.A. "Ranger" Yearbook
(Added 10/6/02)

From: Bill Thomason
To: Phillip Potts
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2002 5:11 PM
Subject: Another Tidbit on War-Daddy

Phil and Brian,

First of all, let me thank you for coordinating the wonderful compilation of history on LWMA! I've just spent the last three hours at my office reading all the memories (instead of doing corporate tax returns, by the way!) and it was truly a stroll down memory lane.

Regarding SFC Jackson, he was assigned to LWMA (the first tour) in my senior year, 1969, and although he outwardly came across as gung-ho army, he also had the good sense to realize that he was dealing with young boys; not Vietnam combat-seasoned veterans. Of all the TAC Officers and related military personnel, most of us knew that if we REALLY had a problem, ol' War Daddy was the one who would be there for us.

And speaking of the nickname, here's the scoop on that. Because our (the '69 cadet corps) generation was generally born after the Second World and the Korean Wars, the sociologists referred to our generation as "War Babies". SFC Jackson loved that term and thus he immediately anointed the Corps as just a bunch of "War Babies". Since everyone (particularly staffers and teachers) on campus required a nickname, it didn't take long for some creative soul to assign him the name "War Daddy". And boy, did it stick!

Bill Thomason '69

William R. Thomason, CPA
230 Hughes Road Ste D
Madison, AL USA 35758
(256)461-1919 Voice
(256)461-0919 Facsimile

- Watching Closely His "War Babies" -

SGT Jackson
- SFC Earl Jackson - 1969 -

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.)

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