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Captain "Tiger Jack" gained his nickname because of his ability and obsession to spot German Tiger tanks during recon missions.


During the Battle of the Bulge, the 703rd Reconnaissance Company is under the 3rd Armored control except for a short period during the Ardennes fighting. The unit is temporarily attached to the XVIII Airborne Corps in support of the various regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division to stop the advance of Peiper SS Panzer units near the juncture of the Ambleve and Salm Rivers. During the fighting around La Gleize, "Tiger Jack" conducts reconnaissance missions for the 504th PIR at Cheneux.