Tomahawk Talk’s Dawson Plume got to sit down and interview Charles “Buck” Jackson. Mr. Jackson is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Buck Jackson is a native of Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. He lived on a farm with his family, before the PA State Park took it over.
Charles was 19 years old when he was drafted by the U.S. Army. He said boot camp was scary because he didn’t know anybody. He qualified with a M-16 rifle in boot camp. When he heard the news that he was being shipped out to Vietnam, ” You have a feeling that you won’t be coming back “, Charles said. When his plane landed on a base in Vietnam, and when he got there, he said it smelled of death.
For the first couple weeks Charles walked point when his company went into the jungle. “It felt like every step you took was going to be your last”, he said. He talked about walking point to his lieutenant and he told him he could operate a M-60 machine gun, because one of the guys was shipped home. He was awarded the Bronze Star for laying down a base of fire when they made contact with the Viet Cong. He was stationed in Vietnam for 11 months, before being flown back to the states. After coming out of the service Mr. Jackson was a contractor. He also said that he’s glad that the men and women coming home today fighting for our country are treated better than what he went through when he came back to America.
Here’s the interview below: