On Sunday 24th April 2011, US Marine Lance Corporal Joe M. Jackson, aged 22, was killed whilst returning to base from a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan. A roadside bomb was detonated near his unit.
L-Cpl. Jackson, a Gila River Native American from White Swan, Washington, served with the 1st Btn., 5th Marine Regiment based at Camp Pendleton, California. He had lived in White Swan since his childhood and enlisted in the Marine Corps two years ago. He deployed to Afghanistan in March this year.
He comes from a long line of servicemen. His father and grandfather were Marines and his great grandfather parachuted into Normandy during World War II. L-Cpl Jackson is now a decorated war hero; he has been awarded five medals including the Purple Heart.