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Joseph Allen Jackson, 89, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at Centerpoint Hospital in Independence after a short illness.
Joe was born June 1, 1918 in Carrollton, the son of Robert and Louisa (Stempel) Jackson. He attended elementary and high school in Carrollton, graduating in 1938.
On Oct. 26, 1946, he married Joan Darby in Carroll County.
During World War II, Joe served as a combat infantry platoon sergeant in Company B 20th Infantry 6th Division. He fought in New Guinea and the Philippines. He was wounded at the Battle of Munzo on the island of Luzon for which he earned the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for Valor. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion.
After the service, Joe worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a city and rural letter carrier, retiring in 1973. He was a member of the local chapter of the Rural Letter Carriers Association.
He was a lifelong fireman, a member of the Carrollton Fire Department for over 30 years and served as the Department’s Fire Chief for a number of years. At the time of his death, he was a member of the North Central Fire Protection District in Carroll County.
His various associations with the fire service include being a member of the West Central Firemen’s Association, the Firefighters Association of Missouri, the Missouri Fire Chiefs’ Association (President for one year), the International Fire Chiefs Association and the National Volunteer Fire Council.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Fire Fighters’s Museum and Memorial, P.O. Box 200, Grain Valley MO, 64029-0200. They may also be left at or mailed to Gibson Funeral Home, 201 S. Main, Carrollton MO, 64633.