Sergeant Jack L. Ernest, USMC
Jack Ernest enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in July of 1965. He served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. He was trained in the Vietnamese language and served in several different capacities. Jack served as a squad leader, a radio man and later assumed the position of Chief scout for his battalion. Jack also served as an interpreter, translator, interrogator, and was also in charge of the POW camp for his Battalion. On July 24, 1967, Jack was wounded in a night attack which resulted in hand to hand fighting.
Sergeant Jack L. Ernest was awarded several medals and ribbons, including the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, 2 Presidential Unit Citations, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service medal, (with 2 stars), the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Civil Action Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Rifle Sharpshooter Badge.
In 2005 Jack received and Honorary "Doctor of Divinity Degree", from Omega Bible Institute and Seminary, for his more than 40 humanitarian return trips into Vietnam and his continued work among his fellow veterans nationwide. Jack was named "Veteran of the Year" for 2007-2008 and was inducted into the "Veterans Hall of Fame" for the State of Ohio on November 8, 2012. Jack Ernest is the Founder and President of, "We Believe Ministries, International". Jack has also been serving as the Chaplain for the "Vietnam Veterans Support Group" since the group was founded.
In April of 2016, Jack Ernest was appointed as a Jefferson County Veterans Service Commissioner to fill an unexpired term for a previous commissioner. In January 2017, Jack received his second appointment as a Veterans Service Commissioner.
Jack Ernest is an active voice and advocate for veterans everywhere.