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Private First Class Jack Storey Lipscomb
U. S. Marine Corps
Ser. #  828005

November 28, 1925 - March 3, 1945
Lockhart City Cemetery
Lockhart, Caldwell County, Texas

Gold Star Mother
Corinne Cardwell Storey Lipscomb


Palacios High School Memorial

Private First Class Jack Storey* Lipscomb, U.S. Marine Corps, [November 28, 1925 - March 3, 1945] was born to John William Lipscomb (Maj. U.S. Army Ret) [October 5, 1891 - July 8, 1986] and Corinne Cardwell (Storey) Lipscomb August 11, 1896 - October 17, 1986] at Lockhart, Caldwell County, Texas.  In 1935 he and his family moved to Palacios, Texas.  After his graduation from Palacios High School, he entered A. & M. College, completing his freshman year in January 1944.  He volunteered for the Marine Corps and completed his boot camp at San Diego, California.  After completing this training, he was sent to Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California, where he qualified as an expert in both the M-1 rifle and the Browning automatic rifle.  He left the states for foreign service on July 7, 1944, and was first stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  In the early part of August he was transferred to Guam where he became a replacement member of 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, which had suffered very heavy casualties in the battle to liberate Guam between July 21, 1944 - August 10, 1944.  Jack entered combat on Iwo Jima on February 21, 1945, when the 3rd Marines went in to reinforce the 4th and 5th Marines.  Sunday, March 4, 1945, marked the end of the second week of the U.S. invasion of Iwo Jima.  By this point the assault elements of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions were exhausted, their combat efficiency reduced to dangerously low levels.  The thrilling sight of the American flag being raised by the 28th Marine Regiment on Mount Suribachi had occurred 10 days earlier, a lifetime on “Sulphur Island”.  The landing forces of the V Amphibious Corps (VAC) had already sustained 13,000 casualties, including 3,000 dead.  The “front lines” were a jagged serration across Iwo’s fat northern half, still in the middle of the main Japanese defenses.  Ahead the going seemed all uphill against a well-disciplined, rarely visible enemy.  In the center of the island, the 3rd Marine Division units had been up most of the night repelling a small but determined Japanese counterattack.  Vicious close combat had cost both sides heavy casualties - it is believed it was during this time Jack joined the immortals.  He was first buried on Iwo at the 5th Marine Division Cemetery, Kazan Retto.  When the military began repatriating remains back to the United States,  Jack’s parents requested he be returned to Texas, and he was buried at the Lockhart City Cemetery.  At the time of his death his family was living in Austin, Texas and he was survived by his parents, John and Corinne; brother, Ensign John W. Lipscomb, Jr., USN and his sister Beulah Jean, a student at Austin High School.     


* Jack’s Great-Grandfather was Leonidas Jefferson Storey, Lieutenant Governor of Texas 1881 - 1883.


5th Marine Division Cemetery Iwo Jima
U.S. Marine Corps Photograph

Courtesy of Mark Flowers
World War II Gyrene



Son of Maj. and Mrs. John Lipscomb - Former Residents

Major and Mrs. John W. Lipscomb, of Austin, received word Tuesday from the War Department in Washington, D.C. that their son, Jack S. Lipscomb had been killed in action at Iwo Jima.

Jack entered the Marine service soon after his graduation from the high school here and has been in the Pacific war zone for sometime, spending several months on Guam.

We join the many friends of Major Lipscomb and family in extending deepest sympathy.

Palacios Beacon, March 22, 1945



Word was received by relatives in Lockhart that Pfc. Jack Lipscomb was killed in action in Iwo Jima March 3. He was nineteen years of age.

Pfc. Lipscomb was a son of Major and Mrs. John W. Lipscomb of Austin. He was named for Col. Jackson who was Major Lipscomb’s colonel in World War I.

Jack Lipscomb was a graduate of the Palacios High School and was a student in A. & M. College when he enlisted in the Marines.

Private Lipscomb’s mother was Miss Corinne Storey, daughter of A. A. Storey. Jack, as a boy, was known for his courage. He played on the football team at Palacios and the aggregation made a record in South Texas.

There is a peculiar sadness in the death of one so young who found so much to enjoy in life.                 ―Lockhart Post-Register.

Major and Mrs. Lipscomb and their children lived in Palacios for quite some time where Major Lipscomb was custodian at Camp Hulen before the war and before the camp was taken over by the United States Army. After war was declared Major Lipscomb was transferred to Austin, but Mrs. Lipscomb and the children remained in Palacios until Jack graduated from the Palacios High School. They visited in Bay City on numerous occasions. Pfc. Lipscomb was an especially happy and good natured young man with an arresting personality and gathered around him many close friends.                                        

Matagorda County Tribune
, April 5, 1945


When the immortal deeds of American heroism are given their rightful place, the invasion of Iwo Jima by the United States Marines will stand out with a brilliance not excelled in the long annals of history.

We paid a tragic price for this little volcanic island, but the planting of the Stars and Stripes on the top of Mt. Suribachi marks a major step forward in the march on Tokyo.

Among the group of gallant young men who are writing their names with American immortals was PFC Jack Lipscomb who, just a few years ago, was a happy, tousel-headed, freckled faced lad playing about our town.

Jack Storey Lipscomb, son of Major and Mrs. John W. Lipscomb, was born November 28, 1925, in Lockhart, Texas. The family moved to Palacios April 1, 1935. Jack was a member of the Palacios Presbyterian Church from early childhood. He was interested in all the activities sponsored by the school and served as quarterback of the football team. After his graduation from the Palacios High School, he entered A & M College, completing his freshman year in January, 1944.

Jack volunteered for the Marine Corps and was stationed for boot training in San Diego. After completing this training, he was sent to Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Calif., where he qualified as expert rifleman in both the M-1 rifle and the Browning automatic rifle.

He left the states for foreign service July 7, 1944. He was first stationed in Pearl Harbor. In the early part of August he was transferred to Guam where he became a member of the Third Marines. He was promoted to private first class December 10, 1944.

Jack entered combat on Iwo Jima February 21, 1945, when the Third Marines went in to reinforce the Fourth and Fifth Marines. His father, Major John W. Lipscomb who is staff officer at the State Selective Service headquarters in Austin, received the message that he gave his life on March 3, 1945. “He had come to the hour for which he had been born―the hour in which he saved his life by giving it―the hour in which he died that others might live.”

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Ensign John W. Lipscomb, Jr. USN serving with the fleet and a sister, Jean Lipscomb, student in Austin High School.

Friends who knew Jack well had feared for him ever since they heard that he was on Iwo Jima and that the fighting there was as murderous and determined as American soldiers had ever faced. They knew that Jack was the kind of boy who would never be content to do less than his very best. How like Jack it was to give his all for his country! His energy, courage, and skill always prompted him to attempt what seemed impossible, especially in a football game. They have seen him urging his team to put forth almost super-human efforts to gain ground and he would do the same in this big game into which our complicated civilization thrust him. It is to be hoped that he knows that he won this game also.

Jack typified all that is clean, good, gay, and courageous among American boys. If he must be taken away so young―how gloriously he went! So here’s to Jack―a boy who lived a short, full life and a boy who would have none of his countless friends waver a second in their efforts to win the game in which he played so well―and won.

Relatives are comforted by the thought that just prior to his death, he wrote that he never seemed far away from home. That it was like going out for football to him to be out there training to do his bit. Therefore, the poem “He is Just Away” by James Whitcomb Riley, seems especially appropriate:


“You cannot say, you must not say

That he is dead. He is just away.

With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand

He has wandered into an unknown land

And left us dreaming how very fair

It needs must be, since he lingers there;

So think of him faring on, as dear

In the love of There as the love of Here,

And loyal still, as when he gave the blows

Of his warrior-strength to his country’s foes.

Think of him still as the same, and say

He is not dead, He is just away.”


Palacios Beacon, April 5, 1945


Re-burial services for Pfc. Jack Storey Lipscomb, 19, who was killed on Iwo Jima on March 3, 1945 while serving with the marine corps, were held Sunday afternoon in Lockhart with Rev. Sam L. Joekel of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Survivors include his parents, Major and Mrs. John W. Lipscomb, Austin, a brother, Lt. John W. Lipscomb, Jr., of the navy, Philadelphia, a sister, Miss Jean Lipscomb, Austin. Burial was in the Lockhart Cemetery with the Henry T. Rainey Post No. 41 in charge of the military rites.

A number of friends of Maj. and Mrs. Lipscomb from Palacios attended the services. Among them were 11 classmates of Jack, when he attended the Palacios High School and from which he graduated in 1943, who served as pall bearers. They were Glen Dale Claybourn, Marshall Claybourn, Irvin Peterson, John Louderback, Hugh Buffaloe, Bobby Feather, Millard Brooking, Norval Sells, Roddin Purswell, Bill Adams and Homer Aparicio.

Others who attended were R. P. Newsom, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Sullivan, S. H. Clark, Raymond Hart, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Seale, Lillian and Sam Seale, Jr., Mrs. Norval Sells, Mrs. Millard Brooking, Juan Rodriguez and Juan Rodriguez, Jr.

The Palacios Beacon, January 20, 1949

Corinne Storey Lipscomb

Corinne Storey Lipscomb, 90, of Alpharetta, Georgia formerly of Austin died Oct. 17, 1986. She was born in Lockhart on Aug. 11, 1896. The daughter of A. A. and Beulah Cardwell Lipscomb [Storey].

She was a member of the Roswell Presbyterian Church in Roswell, Georgia. She was a native of Lockhart and a 1919 graduate of the University of Texas. She was a granddaughter of Leonidas Jefferson Storey, former Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

Mrs. Lipscomb is survived by one son, John William Lipscomb, Jr. (USN Ret.) of Alpharetta, Georgia, one daughter, Jean L. Hall of Memphis, Tenn. and six grandchildren.

Mrs. Lipscomb was preceded in death by her husband, John William Lipscomb, St., retired Colonel in the US Army reserve and former employee of Texas Adjutant's General Department.

Funeral services were held at McCurdy Funeral Home Chapel on Oct. 25, 1986 with Rev. Carl Eaton officiating. Burial followed at Lockhart City Cemetery under the direction of McCurdy Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers were Sam Tuckness of Uvalde, John M. Cardwell of Lockhart, Bill Cardwell of Dallas, David Cockran of Austin, John T. McMillan of Gonzales, Bob Page of Alvin, Donald Eastland of Hillsboro, Howard Barr of Austin, O. L. Alexander of Austin, C. L. Dowell of Austin, Elo Hoppe of Austin, A. A. Ross, III of Wimberly, Raymond Hart of Palacios and Jack Collier of Corpus Christi.

Lockhart Post-Register, November 6, 1986

Obituary courtesy of Caldwell County Genealogical and Historical Society

John W. Lipscomb, Sr.

John W. Lipscomb, Sr. Colonel, U. A. Army, retired, age 94, of Alpharetta, Ga., died Tuesday, July 8, 1986. He was born in Lockhart on Oct. 5, 1891, the son of James O. and Sally Jemima Hulme Lipscomb.

He was a veteran of World War I and World War II. He served in Korea just before the Korean War. He served in Texas Selective Service Headquarters, Camp Mabry, Austin, and was formerly in The Texas Adjutant General's Department before he retired.

Col. Lipscomb, a native of Lockhart, was a member of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post, both in Lockhart, and a member of Roswell Presbyterian Church, Roswell, Georgia.

Col. Lipscomb is survived by his wife, Corinne Cardwell Storey Lipscomb of Alpharetta, Ga., one daughter, Jean L. Hall, Memphis, Tenn., one sister, Mrs. A. E. Storey of Houston, six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at McCurdy Funeral Home Chapel on July 10, with the Rev. Carl O. Eaton of Austin officiating. Burial followed at Lockhart City Cemetery under the direction of McCurdy Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers were O. L. Alexander, Elgin Burrer, Jack Collier, Raymond Hart, Elo Hoppe, C. L. Dowell, and Howard Barr.

Lockhart Post-Register, Thursday, July 17, 1986, page 6A

Obituary courtesy of Caldwell County Genealogical and Historical Society


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