Born:                               24 May 1919               Mayville, Oklahoma


Enlistment date:          01 Sep 1942

Deployments:                Europe - 05 Sep 1943

Units:                                HQ Co, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

Rank:                               Staff Sergeant

Specialisations:            Engineer Explosives, Pathfinder

Qualifications:             Combat Infantryman

Decorations:                 World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars and 2 Bronze Arrowheads, Presidential Unit Citation, Distinguished Unit Badge with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Belgian Croix de Guerre, Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard

Discharge Date:            26 Feb 1946

Other Information:      Jake is probably best know as being the inspirational leader of the “Filthy Thirteen” a notorious small band of non-conformists. In addition to his war record, Jake is a great supporter of the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team and will often be seen at team events and training sessions, accompanied by his wife Martha. Jake’s exploits have now been encapsulated in a book THE FILTHY THIRTEEN by Richard Killblane and Jake Mc Niece, published by Casemate.