|Birth: ||Dec. 21, 1924|
|Death: ||Apr. 25, 1968|
East Saint Louis
St. Clair County
Sergeant Jack Armstrong was shot and killed while patrolling the company's rail yards at 14th Street and Walnut Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois, at approximately 2:00 pm.
Sergeant Armstrong was attacked by four men who were on a crime spree following the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sergeant Armstrong was transported to St. Mary's Hospital after the shooting where he succumbed to his wounds two hours later. The suspects stole Sergeant Armstrong's service weapon and later used it to murder Officer Henry Peeler of the Chicago Police Department.
Sergeant Armstrong had served with the Southern Railroad Police Department for 22 years and was a US Army veteran of World War II. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two sons and preceded in death by another son.
Jack Armstrong joined the U.S. Army at East Saint Louis, Illinois. He attained the rank of Private 1st Class and served as an ambulance driver in Europe. He was assigned to Clearing Station to the Evacuation Hospital. He served in Northern France, the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. Jack was awarded three Overseas Service Bars, the European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with 4 Bronze Battle Stars, the American Theater Medal, Good Conduct medal and WWII Victory Medal.
Otis B. Armstrong (1902 - 1966)
Roxie Taylor Armstrong (1901 - 1981)
Norma Yvonne Aldrich Armstrong Green (1925 - 2006)*
J. Keith Armstrong (1947 - 1950)*
Valhalla Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum
St. Clair County
Created by: Chris Armstrong
Record added: Jul 15, 2011
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