From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Donald Jackson '44

Date of birth: May 17, 1921

Date of death: October 6, 1955

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:


From The Enterprise of Lexington Park, Maryland, on October 13, 1955:

Air Crash Victim Rites At Arlington

LCDR Donald Gordon Jackson, 34, of the NATC, Patuxent River, Md., who was killed on October 6 in a plane crash on the Eastern Shore, was buried with full military honors at Arlington Cemetery on Tuesday, October 11.

Th burial followed funeral services in the chapel at Fort Myer, Va. He is survived by his wife, Charme B. Jackson, and two children, Donald G. "Chip" Jackson, 10, and Terri Charme Jackson, 5.

His plane crashed near Hebron, Md. after a mid-air collision with another jet fighter piloted by Lt. Valentine H. Schaeffer, Jr. Lt. Schaeffer parachuted to safety.

The two aircraft crashed to the ground about two miles apart. Both pilots were attached to the Armament Test Division.

LCDR Jackson was a graduate of the Bullis School in Washington. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1944.

He served on the Battleship USS North Carolina during the world war and spent two combat tours in Korea. He was a graduate of the Test Pilot Training School at Patuxent River.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Class of 1944

Donald is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 on Virtual Memorial Hall.