Family man David Jameson never removed his World War II cap
David Jameson went around one side of the hedgerow and met a German soldier coming around the other side.
“Both had guns but neither one drew them,” said Steve Jameson of Mount Prospect, David’s son. “They both turned around and ran the other way.”
A proud World War II veteran, David Jameson never removed his World War II cap.
“I think he was just happy he served and was able to come home and raise his family,” Steve said.
Lois McCann, who knew David from Essington Place in Joliet, said David was a wonderful friend who mostly valued his family and his military service.
“He wore that veteran’s cap everywhere he went, no matter how cold it was,” Lois said, “He sat at the table with me going on nine years in May. He told me all about his service and how he had seven sons and that his wife died so many years ago. He was always talking about Margie, his wife.”
In an email, Steve detailed his father’s service. David joined the National Guard in 1941 at the age of 19.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, David, a newlywed, was inducted into the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army.
Within that division, a small artillery company – the Cannon Company – was developed, for which David volunteered. He always maintained it was the best decision he ever made.
David earned a Bronze Star and five battle stars: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. Now David could embark upon his second service – raising seven sons.