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Ben Jackson Memorial Fund Presents Eisch With Check


September 13, 2018

Photo courtesy of Larry Jackson

AS Trenton Eisch, US Navy, New Glarus (left) was recently presented with a check from the Ben Jackson Memorial Fund by Ben's father, Larry Jackson.

The Ben Jackson Memorial Fund gave out its first monetary award this past weekend to AS Trenton Eisch, US Navy, of New Glarus.

Ben Jackson, an Airman First Class in the US Air Force, was killed in Japan as the result of a motorcycle accident on April 13, 2018. About seven weeks before he died, he surprised his family and friends with his first visit home in 14 months, and his first since arriving in Japan.

His family, supported by the generosity of the community, established a memorial fund to provide financial assistance to help young military service members visit home while on leave. The Jacksons also stress the importance of recognizing these young men and women for their service and sacrifice.

This past weekend, his parents, Larry and Jen Jackson, presented Trenton Eisch with a check for $500.

Photo courtesy of Larry Jackson

Ben and Trenton at graduation in 2016 from New Glarus High School.

"We were excited to be able to present Trenton with the first check we've written, since he and Ben were so close in high school," said Jackson's parents. "Trenton wasn't able to make it home for Ben's funeral because his ship had been deployed since February. Today was a bittersweet day for us."

Eisch and Jackson both graduated from New Glarus High School in 2016. Eisch joined the Navy and is currently serving aboard the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) homeported in Mayport, Florida, as an Aviation Support Equipment Technician.

If you are interested in donating, there are two options. You may mail a check to Ben Jackson Memorial Fund, W5327 Windmill Ridge Rd, New Glarus, WI 53574, or donate online at Please contact if you have any questions.


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