Robert "BAR Bob" Jackson

July 30, 2018

 

   

 

 

 

The wounded medic in the above sketch is Jimmy English. Shot by a sniper through the face at Anzio in the attack on "The Factory". PFC Robert Brooks Jackson, known to others in his squad as B A R Bob, (Browning Automatic Rifle) saved Jimmy's life. Jackson rescued English, dragging him two hundred yards to safety after finding him in a ditch.

 

 

 PFC Robert Jackson

 

I had the incredible privilege of visiting with Mr. Jackson and his daughter Wendy and son-in-law Chuck. They were gracious beyond words. Bob shared his story of surviving the war from Sicily to Dachau as a Thunderbird. Bob was captured by the SS where he was to be executed, then rescued by B company. Surviving wounds from shrapnel, in a humble tone he explained, "I simply did what I was trained to do."

 

Featured below is an Oral History with Bob where he describes saving the life of wounded medic, Jimmy English, featured in the above sketch. Bob was found through the BEP and the sketch of Jimmy English. This was an excellent example of the BEP at work. 

Thank you, Bob. You are honored for your courage and for your spirit, with the exemplary duty of "no man left behind," it is my privilege to share your story. 

 

God bless you, 

 

Mark R Ellenbarger 

 

                                                                            Robert Brooks Jackson 1920-2018

 

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