Affectionately known as “Jake”, Col. Jack R. Sloan, US Marine Corps, was born and raised in Los Angeles, moved to San Francisco and graduated from Lowell High School in 1938, where he was. president of the student body and scholars in football and athletics. .
Sloan entered the University of California at Berkeley, but left college early to enlist in flight training during World War II as a member of the Marine Corps. During his active service, he obtained a degree in business administration from the University of Maryland.
Sloan was accepted into naval aviation flight training where he earned his coveted Wings of Gold in 1943 after qualifying as a carrier on USS Wolverine (IX -64), a training aircraft carrier, on Lake Michigan. Later that year, after being appointed Second Lieutenant, US Marine Corps Reserve, he was ordered to fight in the South Pacific with Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 233 (VMTB-233) piloting the TBM Avenger from Turtle Bay, Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides Islands. It carried out combat missions over Munda and Bougainville in the Solomon Islands from October 1943 to May 1944.
After a brief release from active service in 1945, Sloan re-established his career in the Marine Corps in 1947. He was sent into action in Korea with Marine Fighting Squadron 311 (VMF-311) piloting the F9F-2 Panther in August 1951. In 1961, he served as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (VMF-232) in command of FJ Fury from the Marine Corps Air Station in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In April 1965 and July 1970, Sloan served in Vietnam as Chief of Staff, First Marine Air Wing.
Sloan received two Distinguished Flying Cross medals, the Bronze Star medal with “V” combat and seven air medals, as well as numerous other citations and campaign awards.
Sponsored by the Coronado Optimist Club, Sloan has been an active member for over 40 years and has served in numerous positions as club president, district lieutenant governor and district governor.
He, his wife Ann and his family have lived in Coronado for 49 years. He was active in various businesses and community affairs before his death in 2013 at age 93.