OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Veterans Day is Thursday but one Omaha man's service and heroism are already getting extra attention. The Douglas County Board passed a resolution recognizing the service of Charles Jackson French.
In 1942, French rescued 15 of his injured shipmates by pulling them by a rope around his waist through shark-infested waters for eight hours.
"As it says in the resolution, Mr. French got honored for this, but it was one of these kinds of acts that are numerous around the country where individuals of color, because of the times, they're not getting recognized in that moment in time for it,” said Douglas County Commissioner Chris Rodgers. “Talking to the clerk about this, we talked with some individuals in the community and thought it would be good to lift this up closer to Veterans Day."
Earlier this year, all three Nebraska congressmen introduced a resolution to change the name of the Benson post office to honor Charles Jackson French.