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Dempster Jackson

Full name: Dempster McKee Jackson
Gender: Male
Born: November 17, 1930 in San Diego, California, United States
Died: April 3, 2001 in Arlington, Virginia, United States
Affiliations: US Navy, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Rowing


Dempster Jackson attended the US Naval Academy and made the 1952 Olympics with the Navy crew team. Jackson became a career Naval officer, eventually reaching the rank of rear admiral. In August 1964 Jackson was involved in controversial actions aboard the US destroyer USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. On 2 August the USS Maddox was attacked by three North Vietnamese torpedo patrol boats, and returned fire, damaging all three boats. On 4 August, it was reported that the Maddox, and another destroyer, was attacked again by North Vietnamese forces, but they were again successful in warding them off. In response, US President Lyndon B. Johnson pushed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution through Congress, authorizing US forces to "take all necessary measures" to repel attacks on American forces. It later turned out that the USS Maddox was not on routine patrol either night but on intelligence gathering missions. Further, long after the war ended, North Vietnamese generals insisted that no such attack had occurred.

Jackson received numerous awards for his military service, which also included service in the Korean War, including a Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, and two Bronze Stars. He retired from active duty in 1983 after commanding the anti-submarine warfare project with the Naval Material Command and serving as deputy commander of the combat systems directorate at the headquarters of Naval Sea Systems Command. He later did consulting work on undersea warfare projects and was an executive vice-president of the Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport, Washington.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Rowing Men's Coxless Fours United States USA 3 h2 r4/5

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Rowing United States USA Semi-Finals Repêchage Heat Two 6:57.8
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Rowing United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 7:08.8
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Rowing United States USA Round One Heat Four 6:40.9
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