Jack Vernon Lackey, JrLance Corporal
GOLF CO, 2ND BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
26 November 1949 - 10 July 1969
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The database page for Jack Vernon Lackey, Jr
For a short while Jack was in my rocket section. He was a good guy, I liked him.
The squad he was attached to was patroling between Cobb Bridge and Tugboat. This was some 10 miles or so west of Danang. They wandered into a large booby trap. There were three quick explosions and three men were killed at once: Jack, Doug Whiting, and Ernie Martinez. The squad leader, Tom Root , lost both legs and died on July 27th on a medevac flight to Japan. Two other men, Jim Whalen and Gary Williams, suffered very serious wounds.
The attached picture, while not very good of Jack, was taken at Cobb Bridge shortly before his death. Some members of 3rd platoon were filling sandbags and building a bunker.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 08/10/2009