On November 11, during the Yavapai-Apache Nation’s Annual Veterans Day Ceremony, the Nation recognized its oldest living veteran, Stanley Jackson. Jackson was recognized as a World War II veteran and celebrating his 90th birthday.
During the event Jackson said, “You don’t know what you are missing until you are in a foreign country. It makes you appreciate what we have here in the United States. The service taught me a lot about life and a lot about the world, and I have never taken for granted the freedoms we have here in this country.”
Stanley David Jackson, originally known by his Apache name “Dilhion” was born to the late Clara Quesada and Joe Dilhion and is an enrolled member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Jackson is of the Rocky Cliffs “tischae’hisk’idn” clan.
Jackson served in World War II in Japan and said, “I wanted to get into the military and I did it by lying about my age. I was 17 at the time and from that point on I grew up in the military and was taught discipline.”
After returning from the war, Jackson married and started a family. In his community, Jackson has served the Yavapai-Apache Nation as a Tribal Leader and was instrumental in the establishment of Indian gaming for the Nation. He served many years as the Chairman of the Cliff Castle Casino Gaming Board.
Jackson stated, “I lied about my age. Everyone I knew was already drafted and I wanted to get into the war. It was a defining experience for my life and my favorite memory from the war was when the war ended! There isn’t much I can do to give back at my age, but I have enjoyed serving my people, veterans and country and I am just happy to be a part of the Yavapai-Apache community.”