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Fort Bragg paratrooper dies in training

Posted November 25, 2011

— The death of an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper who died Wednesday during physical training at Fort Bragg is under investigation, the U.S. Army announced Friday.

Master Sgt. Eldridge Jackson served as the first sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

An Alabama native, he joined the Army in 1988 and served as an artilleryman. His numerous deployments included two to Iraq and, most recently, one to Afghanistan.

Among his many awards, Jackson received three Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals, several Army Commendation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, a Valorous Unit Award, seven Army Good Conduct medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Wings and the Master Parachutist Badge.

Jackson is survived by his mother, Jeraldine Whipple, of Dothan, Ala.


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  • BrightLight Nov 25, 2011

    Many readers would not understand that this man's achievements and medals set him apart and mark him as having served "above and beyond". I hope his family can get some measure of comfort from that knowledge. I thank his mother for instilling in him that sense of duty and honor that obviously marked his military service to his country.

  • eoglane Nov 25, 2011

    May he rest in peace in Heaven, A MASTER PARATROOPER, you got you wings. Airborne All The Way. All prayers to the family

  • Ripcord Nov 25, 2011

    Thank you for your service, Master Seargent. Men of your caliber are rare and you will be missed. Prayers for the family.

  • michellewright35 Nov 25, 2011

    How sad...Prayers go out to your mother..RIP Top..You will truly be missed. God mustve needed a hero...

  • jd21 Nov 25, 2011

    R.I.P. Top. Truly a courageous soldier with that history. Prayers for his mother @ his loss in this way. Thank You for your service to us all. Drive On in Heaven!

  • Realamerican71 Nov 25, 2011

    R.I.P Top, 3 Bronze Stars... Most folks may not grasp the significance. America has lost a hero.

  • wizakid Nov 25, 2011

    Very sad. Prayers for his family and friends.

  • greywolf30 Nov 25, 2011

    Thank you for your service to protect this country!! Prayers with your family...

  • mtwbell2 Nov 25, 2011

    Your wings will serve you well in heaven, Top. Thank you for your service. Airborne!