A Korean War Combat Veteran

Andrew Thomas Jackson CCAS’58 was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951 and served as an officer in the Korean War. “They took me up on top of a hill and put me in a bunker and said, ‘The Chinese are over there. It’s your job to make sure they don’t come over here and attack us and kill all the men.’ I was going on 21 years old.”

A native of Almonessen, New Jersey, he served three years before returning home to earn a Rutgers–Camden degree in economics in 1958. He went on to work for 50 years as a controller and senior accountant. He also served an additional 17 years in the Army Reserve, retiring as a captain.

A Cherry Hill resident, he and his wife, Elizabeth, who wrote him letters daily when he was in Korea, have been married for 63 years. “She put the letters in a pink envelope, and put perfume in the letters. The fellow who delivered the mail would hold it up and say ‘Jackson, I know who this is!’ I would open it up and smell her perfume. It helped with my morale.”

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