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Decorated Ohio WWII veteran and paratrooper Don Jakeway dies

Staff Sgt. Don Jakeway, of Johnstown, served in the Army from 1942 to 1945, and earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service during World War II.

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By LUCAS SULLIVAN | The Columbus Dispatch | Published: November 30, 2019

(Tribune News Service) — One of Central Ohio's most decorated veterans has died at the age of 96.

Don Jakeway, of Johnstown, died at about 2 a.m., according to Motts Military Museum in Groveport. The cause of his death is unknown.

Staff Sgt. Jakeway was a World War II U.S. Army veteran who was dropped behind enemy lines just prior to the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944.

Jakeway was part of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. Among his commendations for his stellar military career were a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantry Badge.

He is also a member of the Ohio Military Hall of Fame.

Jakeway also wrote a book titled "Paratroopers Do or Die!"

Jakeway made several jumps while in active combat, the most dire was in September of 1944 in which he was severely wounded in Holland.

He had to be taken to the hospital and recovered. After that, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944 where he shot in the lung by a German sniper, according to the museum's notes.

"He has made his final jump and will be desperately missed," Motts Museum posted on its Facebook page Saturday.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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Staff Sgt. Don Jakeway, of Johnstown, served in the Army from 1942 to 1945, and earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service during World War II.
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