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Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian, Jr
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Birth: Nov. 19, 1915
Death: Aug. 12, 1944

CHRISTIAN, JR., THOMAS JONATHAN JACKSON
(1915~1944)

Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian, Jr., Colonel in the United States Army Air Force and great grandson of Confederate General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, was born on November 19, 1915, in San Francisco, California to Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian, Sr. and Bertha Marguerite Cook. Christian attended the University of Chicago before entering the United States Military Academy at West Point on July 1, 1935. On June 12, 1939, he graduated 45th in a class of 456 and chose to enter the Field Artillery branch of the U. S. Army, his father's branch of service, where he was appointed a Second Lieutenant. Soon after making his branch decision, Christian changed his mind and joined the Army Air Corps.
From 1939 to 1941, Christian was a student in Texas at the Air Corps Primary Flying School at Love Field in Dallas, the Air Corps Training Center at Randolph Field and the Air Corps Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, both in San Antonio. After receiving training as a pilot, Christian was assigned to the Philippines, where, after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, he was reassigned to Bataan, Mindanao, Australia, and Guadalcanal. While there, he flew B-17s and was shot down and declared missing in action somewhere in the South Pacific. He was able to return to the base after living with natives in the jungle. With the 1st Air Group, Christian landed on Guadalcanal on August 15, 1942. While there, he flew more than 60 hours in combat missions and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry. After being granted leave, Christian returned to the United States, where on January 2, 1943, he married Marjorie Lou Ashcroft, whom he met while in Dallas. While overseas, Christian became a father. His daughter, Lou Ellen, was born in January 1944, in Dallas. Having never met his daughter, Christian was killed in action on August 12, 1944, while flying a P-51 Mustang, which was named Lou IV, in honor of his daughter. Colonel Christian was shot down over Arras, France and his body was never recovered.
Reason for Eligibility: Approved, Texas State Cemetery Committee.

Source: http://www.cemetery.state.tx.us/pub/user_form22.asp

 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian (1888 - 1952)
  Bertha Marguerite Cook Christian (1891 - 1941)
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian (1915 - 1944)*
  Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian (1915 - 1944)
  Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian (1915 - 1944)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Texas State Cemetery
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section:Monument Hill, Section 2 Row:A Number:21
 
Maintained by: Bob Trapp
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Apr 02, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10716900
Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian, Jr
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Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian, Jr
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Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian, Jr
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