OKLAHOMA CITY – Gordon “Jack” Nash from Wilburton was recognized recently as Veteran of the Week in the Oklahoma House of Representative, hosted by State Rep. Jim Grego, R-Wilburton.
Nash graduated from high school in Red Oak in June 1941. He joined the U.S. Army Corps right after graduation, just seven months before the United States officially entered World War II.
Nash eventually was shipped to North Africa, where he contracted malaria and was hospitalized. He later participated in landings in Palermo, Sicily and Salerno, Italy. He also served in France. He stayed gone from June 1941 to September 1945, never getting a single furlough. Finally, in 1945 as Germany began to surrender, Nash was assigned a seat on a flight from England to New York and there put on a train to Fort Chaffy in Fort Smith, Arkansas. There he was given $1.90 for a bus ticket back to Wilburton.
Shortly after his return home, Nash met his future wife, Lottie Griffin. The two have been married since March 30, 1946. They have two children, Ed and Becky. Nash served as county clerk for Latimer County from 1954 to 1959, but his main occupation has been cattle ranching.
“Jack Nash really made a sacrifice for his country by leaving his family and friends for such a long period of time and by fighting for our freedom during the war,” Grego said. “It was such a pleasure to get to honor him in the House as our veteran of the week.”
Nash was presented with a citation and a flag that was flown over the state Capitol in his honor.