A war hero is someone who sacrifices their own life for the lives of their fellow soldiers and for their country.
Typically someone who is considered a war hero was injured in war by doing some courageous act to protect their soldiers.
People who are war “heroes” usually receive some kind of award, such as the Medal of Honor or the Purple Heart Award.
- Arthur J Jackson
Arthur J. Jackson was born on October 18, 1924 and joined the United States Marine Corps in January of 1943. On September of 1944, Jackson was stationed in Peleliu with his unit. After only four days in Peleliu Jackson and his unit were held up by a sniper and a machine gun. Arthur was instructed by his commander to make it to the enemy trenches. Jackson proceeded by removing his helmet, backpack, and leggings to make his load lighter. He carried his Browning to the Japanese Platoon. Each time he reached an enemy post he unloaded until he finally reached the largest bunker, holding approximately thirty-five soldiers. Jackson took out the two guards standing watch and then through explosives into the bunker, all together Arthur killed around 50 enemy soldiers. Just four days later, a grenade was thrown into the fox hole where Jackson and his rifleman were. Arthur threw the grenade back and in the process was hit by a stray bullet near his jugular vein. Jackson recovered and then returned to war only to get injured in combat once again. Arthur J. Jackson was awarded the Medal of Honor on October 5th, 1945. Jackson won many other awards while in the military as well such as the Presidential Unit Citation, the American Campaign Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal.