U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Major General Bill Libby presented service medals to 91-year old Bernard Jackson, a World War II veteran, during a special ceremony in Augusta Sept. 28.

Jackson, who lives in Rockland, enlisted in the U.S. Army in April 1942 and was eventually promoted to corporal technician 5 serving in Battery B 38th Coast Artillery Battalion during the campaign in the Southern Philippine Islands.

He was a full tract driver operating 18-ton earthmovers, hauling artillery, and digging emplacements for the guns. He was honorably discharged in December 1945.

The medals he received Wednesday included: Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with two bronze service stars), World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon (with one bronze service star), Honorable Service Lapel Button World War II, and Sharpshooter Badge (with rifle bar).

Jackson worked for Payson Farm Machinery for nearly 40 years repairing and maintaining heavy equipment until his retirement. He raised three children with his wife of 58 years, who passed away in 2000. He has three children, eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.