Published in The Washington Post on May 10, 2015
Leslie H. Jackson "Jack"
Of Washington, DC, formerly Bethesda, MD, on May 4, 2015. Born June 6, 1921, Jack
was a fifth generation Washingtonian.
He served with distinction in WWII as an aerial gunner in the 8th Air Force, 384th Bomb
Group. His B-17 was shot down during a mission over Germany and he was imprisoned
in the infamous Stalag 17B. For his actions in combat he received the Purple Heart with
Oak Leaf Cluster and a commendation for meritorious achievement and gallantry. His
bomber group received the Distinguished Unit Citation.
A graduate of Central High School (1939) and Georgetown University, he had a
successful career in the life insurance and financial services industry. He was a Chartered
Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and a recipient of the Bernard L. Wilner
Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Washington DC Association of Insurance and
Predeceased by his beloved wife June. Family was his greatest love and joy and he is
survived by his daughters Lesley Riley (Buddy), Katie Jackson (Joe Rossmann); six
grandchildren: Brian Riley (Amy), Sara Joyner (Jeff), Chris Riley (Jena), Samantha
Crawford (Marc), Kerry Riley and Kelly Riley; and seven granddaughters: Emma, Annie
and Kathryn Riley; Julia and Jillian Joyner; Riley and Reese Crawford.
In retirement, he served as the Executive Director of the American Ex-Prisoners of War
helping veterans get the benefits they were due.
We will cherish memories of his love, sense of humor, helping hands, and can-do attitude.
He often said "Life isn't what happens to you, it's what you do about it." He lived a good
A visitation will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 22 at The Shrine of the Most
Blessed Sacrament, 3630 Quesada Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Service will immediately follow at 1 p.m.
Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the woundedwarriorproject.org