Lt. Col. Jack M. Darden, USA Army (Ret.) beloved husband,
father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away Friday, May 6,
2005 in San Antonio, TX. Jack was born on March 3, 1922 in Okmulgee, OK
and raised on a citrus farm outside of Harlingen.
Jack graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Entomology in
1943, steamed for North Africa, Italy, France and received the Silver
Star for action at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. He also
served in the Korean War and finished 22 plus years of service at the
Pentagon. After retirement in 1965, Jack began a successful career in
Real Estate. He returned to San Antonio in 1976 to live a long, happy,
life, hunting, fishing and gardening.
Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years Lois Pagel; sons, Marshall
and wife Charlotte; Jim and wife Mindy; daughters, Carol Fish; Eleanor
and husband Dave Fitte; five grandchildren and five great grandsons. The
family will receive friends Monday, 9, 2005 at Porter Loring Mortuary
North from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. GRAVESIDE SERVICE TUESDAY 10:45
A.M. FORT SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY The family request that in lieu
of flowers, remembrances be made to The San Antonio A&M Club Foundation,
6205 West Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78213.
[Published in Express-News on May 9, 2005]
(© 2013 by LKat on Find A Grave. Used with permission)
Grave marker for
Jack M. Darden in Section 35, Site 495 of the Fort Sam Houston National
Cemetery , San Antonio (Bexar county), Texas.
Jack, a college graduate, enlisted at
Houston, TX on 25 January 1943. He was subsequently commissioned
and assigned to the 509th PIR. Lt. Darden was awarded the Silver
Star for his gallantry in action at Bastogne during the Battle of the
1st Lt. Darden was transferred to
Company H, 508th PIR on 9 February 1945. He was then transferred
to the 101st Airborne Division on 20 August 1945. He also served
In addition to the Silver Star, Lt.
Col Darden's military decorations include the Bronze Service Arrowhead
device for the Southern France Campaign and Airborne Operations, the
Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster.