Shirkey to honor local WWII veteran

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey announced on Tuesday that he will honor a military veteran during his regular Jackson TV interview this Friday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m.

Shirkey and Bart Hawley, host of the Bart Hawley Show, will talk with World War II veteran and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Homer Jackson during the show.

“In recognition of Veterans Day this weekend, we wanted to pay tribute to a local veteran,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “Homer Jackson’s military service is emblematic of all those who answered the call to serve their country so we could live in the land of the free. It will be an honor to speak with Homer.”

Jackson enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps (later the U.S. Air Force) in 1942 and saw action beginning in 1943. He flew B-22 and B-29 bombers, and a plane he was flying once came within feet of crashing into Mount Fuji on a dark night.

On another occasion, when their planes were flying at over 400 miles per hour, a kamikaze attacked Jackson’s B-29. The Japanese fighter missed Jackson’s plane but hit another American bomber next to it, killing the entire crew.

After the war, Jackson served in the military reserves until 1983.

“Homer Jackson’s military career was particularly dramatic and heroic,” Shirkey said. “I am grateful to Homer and to the hundreds of thousands of other military veterans in Michigan for sacrificing their own comfort for the sake of their neighbors and their nation. May we all remember to thank a veteran this Saturday on Veterans Day.”

Shirkey is on the Bart Hawley Show every month. During the interviews, Shirkey discusses current events in the state Legislature.

To see Shirkey on this Friday’s show, tune in at 1 p.m. to Comcast channel 90 or AT&T U-verse channel 5380.