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Arthur J. Jackson
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Military Personnel
    (October 18, 1024-June 14, 2017)
    Born in Cleveland, Ohio
    Served in the Marine Corps (1943-45,1959-62) and Army Reserve (1945-59,1962-84)
    Received the Medal of Honor for actions on Peleliu during World War II
    As a guard at Guantanamo Bay, he fatally shot Ruben Lopez Sabriago, a Cuban bus driver working on the base, under unclear circumstances (September 30, 1961).
    He tried to hide Lopez’s body, initially by throwing it off a cliff along the seashore.
    He later buried the body in a shallow grave on the base.
    After Lopez’s body was returned to his wife, Cuban pathologists conducted an autopsy and claimed he had been tortured.
    The killing would be used for propaganda by the regime of Fidel Castro when demanding the return of Guantanamo Bay.
    He lettered in football, baseball and track in high school.
    He received a commendation for carrying a wounded Marine to safety while under heavy fire at Cape Gloucester (January 13, 1944)
    On Peleliu, he single-handedly destroyed a dozen Japanese pillboxes (September 18, 1944).
    He received two Purple Hearts, having been wounded at both Peleliu and Okinawa.
    He claimed to have found Lopez in a restricted area and that Lopez attacked him as he tried to eject the Cuban from the base.
    He later said he hid the body because of a mistaken belief that he might be sent to a Cuban prison for the killing.
    He requested a court martial to try to clear his name, but the Marine Corps, wanting to minimize publicity from the incident, refused.

Credit: C. Fishel

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