- The Washington Times - Monday, March 14, 2005

Frederick Wilson Jacks Jr., a retired Army colonel and resident of the Washington area since 1960, died Feb. 16 of heart failure at Alexandria Hospital. He was 90.

Born in Wichita, Kan., Col. Jacks moved to Los Angeles during the Great Depression. Drafted into the Army in 1940, he entered Officer Candidate School. After the outbreak of World War II, he rose to the rank of major and was assigned responsibility for anti-aircraft and ground support employment of automatic weapons for the 1st Army.

He landed on Omaha Beach within the first hour of the D-Day invasion and also was heavily involved in the Battle of Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Battle of Remagen Bridge. The 20 artillery battalions with which he worked were responsible for the incapacitation of about 5,000 German aircraft, more than 2,000 German tanks and thousands of German troops. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Merit.

After the war, he joined the regular Army, taught at the Command and General Staff College, and then served in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.

He attended the Army War College and served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the early days of the Vietnam War. He ended his service as an instructor at the Armed Forces Industrial College.

He is survived by his wife, Ghislaine; a daughter, Marion; two sons, Richard and James; and three grandchildren.

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