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William Joseph Jackson
December 31, 1946 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Purple Heart Veteran, William Joseph Jackson, of Holyoke, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 3, 2024 after a long illness. He leaves behind his beloved daughter, Marissa Jackson of Plymouth, MA and her mother, Ellen Jackson of Holyoke, his brother, Edward Jackson and his sister-in-law, Patricia Jackson of Chicopee.
William, “Billy Jack,” was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on December 31, 1946. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward Jackson and Gertrude Jackson of Holyoke, MA and his brother, David Jackson of Winchester, MA.
William graduated from Holyoke Catholic High School in 1965. He later served in the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968 with the 1st Air Calvary, 7th Calvary Division. He was seriously wounded in battle on February 22, 1968, while defending the perimeter near Hue in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. He received a Purple Heart for his merit in that major conflict along with several other military awards. As a result of his injuries, he returned to the United States where he received extensive treatment for his physical wounds and became a Lifetime Member of the Disabled American Veterans. His memories and experiences in Vietnam were never far from his thoughts, particularly of his comrades, who never made it home.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, February 8th at 11:00 am from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 am in Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut Street, Springfield. Committal with military honors will follow at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of the MA Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday morning beginning at 9:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the DAV via www.dav.org in William’s name.