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Bert Edward Jackson


Bert Edward Jackson

Jackson, Bert Edward. b. August 14, 1915 (?) (RA November 22, 1914), New Jersey; African American; Attended college; Prior military service in the US Army National Guard, 1930-37 369th Infantry Regiment rank 2 Lieutenant (S-2); Single; Artist; CP July 1935 unit organizer; received passport# 40259 on May 1, 1937 which listed his address as 167-14 109th Avenue, Jamaica, Long Island, New York; Sailed June 12, 1937 aboard the Georgic; Served with the XV BDE, Estado Mayor, Topographical Section, Attended OTS; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; WWII US Army, Air Corps, 99th Division Chief of Ordnance; d. January 3, 1993.

Source: Sail, SACB, Cadre, XV BDE, Pay, RA.

Photograph: Joeseph Taylor and Bert Jackson, mapper for Brigade, December 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0667. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.



Bert Edward Jackson was born on August 14, 1915. He served as a Second Lieutenant in the intelligence unit of the 369th Infantry Regiment of the New York National Guard from 1930 to 1937. An artist by trade, Jackson joined the Communist Party in 1935. Jackson left for Europe aboard the Georgic on June 15,1937. In Spain, Jackson was attached at as topographer to the headquarters of the XVth brigade. In 1938, Jackson was sent to officers' school and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He taught map reading at Tarazona before rejoining the XVth Brigade shortly before the Ebro Offensive. He returned to the United States aboard the Ausonia, on December 20, 1938. During World War II, Jackson served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as the chief of ordnance for the 99th Division's Air Cobras. After the war Jackson was co-founder, with fellow Lincoln Brigade veteran Walter Garland, of the United Negro and Allied Veterans Association (UNAVA). Jackson took advantage of the GI Bill to attend art school and made a living as a commercial artist. His art appeared in numerous African-American publications. Jackson died on January 3, 1993. ~ Chris Brooks


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Joe Taylor (left) and Bert Jackson (right), March 1938 (ALBA Collection).

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