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Jack J. Isler
Colonel, United States Army
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From a contemporary press report:

Jack J. Isler of Cathedral City, California, died on October 13, 2000.

He was born on August 9, 1923 in Curry County, New Mexico, to Robert Bryant Isler and Hazel Sharp Isler, he entered the United States Army in 1942 and retired as a full Colonel in 1971 after 29 years with the U.S. Army Special Forces.

He was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, two Combat Infantry Badges, eleven Battle Campaign Stars, three Legions of Merit, two Air Medals and a Master Parachutist Badge.

A teacher and coach in Oklahoma City from 1948 to 1950, he had been an apple orchardist since 1971. 

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine H. Isler of Cathedral City; son, Major General Roderick Isler of Fort Meade, Maryland; stepson, Jerry Covey of Maui, Hawaii; stepdaughter, Connie Cutler of Montesano, Washington; brother, Cecil Isler of Albuquerque, New Mexico; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, Disabled American Veterans Association and Special Forces Association. 

He received a B.S. in Education from Oklahoma City University; MS, Counseling and Guidance, New York University-Siena College. He attended US Army Infantry Officers Candidate School, US Army Command and General Staff College and US Army Special Forces School.

Funeral services on Thursday, November 2, 2000 at 10:45 a.m. at the Fort Myer Post Chapel followed by interment in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Desert Veterans Memorial Association, 2380 Tamarisk Rd., Palm Springs, CA 92262 or Oklahoma City University, Athletic Development Office, 2501 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, OK 73106.

Combat Infantryman's Badge
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US Army Special Forces

Posted: 1 November 2000
Updated: 8 March 2003
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