William H. Jordan

William Harold Jordan of East Sandwich, who leaves a daughter in Sagamore Beach, 94, died July 30.

Mr. Jordan was born in Obion County, Tennessee, to L.A. and Emma Jordan. His parents were sharecroppers and raised their five boys and five girls on a small farm.

The oldest of the family’s five boys, Mr. Jordan left school when he was 15 to work on his family’s farm full time during the Great Depression. While still a teenager, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he helped build national parks and roadways in northern California.

He later left the Civilian Conservation Corps to enter the US Army during World War II. During training at Otis Air Force Base, Mr. Jordan met Evelyn Farris. The couple later married and settled in Fall River.

During World War II Mr. Jordan, who was known as Buddy, served as a gunner on a 90mm anti-aircraft gun and saw action on several islands in the Pacific Theater. After two years of service, he returned home to his wife and a 22-month-old son.

He worked for 10 years in a cotton mill in Fall River before moving with his family to Weymouth. He later became a member of the Massachusetts National Guard, where he was a missile specialist who worked on Nike Hercules missiles. He retired after 28 years as a chief warrant officer 3. 

Mr. Jordan leaves his two sons, William H. Jordan Jr. of Fort Pierce, Florida, and Richard A. Jordan of San Diego; his daughter, Donna Buckley of Sagamore Beach; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  He also leaves his brother, Don Jordan of Troy, Tennessee; and his sisters, Lynnie Turner of Columbus, Georgia, and Rachel Savage of Rives, Tennessee.

Mr. Jordan was preceded in death by his first wife and his second wife, Laurette (LeBlanc) Jordan, who died in 2001. He also was the father of the late Marjorie Laverne Jordan and the longtime companion of the late Viola Dufault.

Burial was on Monday, August 4, at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.


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