In Memory of Army Pfc.
Michael Meredith Jackson
Waubay, South Dakota, Day County
August 29, 1944 - March 24, 1966
Died from small arms fire in South Vietnam
Michael Meredith Jackson was born in Sisseton, South Dakota
on August 29, 1944, to Hilda Henrietta (Deer) and True S.
Jackson. He had two brothers: Gary Lovejoy and Wayne Thennis,
and one sister, Candace (Connie) Thennis. Michael attended Enemy
Swim Day School near Waubay, South Dakota and the Flandreau
Indian High School, graduating in 1963. While in school, Michael
participated in cross-country and track. Michael moved to
California after graduation.
Michael Jackson was drafted in August of 1965, and attended
basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He went on to
Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to complete a medical aidman course. He
began his tour of duty in Vietnam on February 9, 1966, attached
to Company A, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry
Pfc. Michael Meredith Jackson was killed on March 24, 1966 by
small arms fire while on a search and destroy mission. Pfc.
Jackson was buried at St. James Episcopal Church in Enemy Swim,
South Dakota. The park in Waubay is named Surma-Jackson Memorial
Park, after Pfc. Michael Jackson and Steve Surma, both Waubay
casualties of the Vietnam War. Pfc. Michael Meredith Jackson’s
name can be found on Panel 06E, Line 044 of the Vietnam
Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
Matt Scott, 8th Grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort
Pierre, South Dakota, February 18, 2006 respectfully submitted
this entry. Information for this entry was gathered from news
clippings from the Webster Reporter and with information
provided by Linda M. Walters, Editor, Waubay Clipper,
Waubay, South Dakota.