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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 Bulge.

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 Korea.

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.

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