September 13, 2013:
LtCol Jack D. White is a dedicated Marine who loves the Corps. His loyalty to the service transferred to three of his sons who also joined the Marines.
“I can remember my oldest son, who served in Vietnam, say, ‘I’m going to go into the Marines because I saw how much you were dedicated to the Corps,’ ” LtCol White said. “It made me feel very, very good.”
LtCol White enlisted in the Corps in 1942.
“I joined the Marines because they are the toughest of the military organizations and the organization that gets things done,” LtCol White said.
After finishing boot camp he reported to a sergeant major who encouraged him to go to Officer Candidate School. That recommendation changed his career path, and he became a participant of the V12 program.
“V12 was established by the federal government to beef up the education level of the men who were going to be officers,” he said.
LtCol White attended Oberlin College for 18 months. He would eventually transfer those credits to George Washington University where he went to school part-time at night to finish his degree.
“The V12 is the most important program in my life because it was the foundation for my education.”
LtCol White’s military career as an officer is an impressive one. He is a veteran of the Korean War and participated in five major campaigns including the Chosin Reservoir and Inchon Landing.
The time he most fondly remembers, however, is the time he spent stationed in Yorktown, Va., as an atomic weapons delivery officer.
“I was a logistics man that helped deliver atomic weapons … the job was just intellectually stimulating.”
LtCol White said the Corps was a great experience that gave a lot to him, and he said that is why he gives to the Marine Corps Association & Foundation now.