Major Jack Overton Colle
March 24, 1916 - June 5, 2009
After graduating from LSU. he came to Houston, Texas to begin his career as a geologist and paleontologist, which was interrupted by World War II, as he volunteered in the U.S. Air Corps in June, 1942. He became a Photographic Cadet, serving as a 2nd Lieutenant intelligence officer in the 91st Recon Wing in the Southwest Pacific with stints in Australia, New Guinea and on the islands of Leyte, Mindora, Luzon and Okinawa. He participated in the mapping of the South Pacific and the interpretation of tactical air reconnaissance photographs, including those of Japan before and after the bombing which ended WWII. Jack received an honorable discharge with the rank of Major in February, 1946 and was awarded New Guinea, Bismark, Archipelago, Philippine and Luzon Campaign medals. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal with four bronze stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a bronze star and the American Campaign medal-victory medal World War II.