Affectionately known as “Jake,” Col. Jack R. Sloan, U.S. Marine Corps, was born and raised in Los Angeles, moved to San Francisco and graduated from Lowell High School in 1938 where he was student body president and lettered in football and track.
Sloan entered the University of California, Berkeley, but left college early to enlist in flight training in World War II as a member of the Marine Corps. While on active duty, he earned a Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland.
Sloan was accepted into Naval Aviation Flight Training where he earned his coveted Wings of Gold in 1943 following Carrier Qualification on USS Wolverine (IX -64), a training aircraft carrier, on Lake Michigan. Later that year, following commissioning as a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, he was ordered into combat in the South Pacific with Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 233 (VMTB-233) flying the TBM Avenger out of Turtle Bay, Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides Islands. He flew combat missions over Munda and Bougainville in the Solomon Islands from October 1943 to May 1944.
Following a brief release from active duty in 1945, Sloan reestablished his career in the Marine Corps in 1947. He was ordered into combat in Korea with Marine Fighting Squadron 311 (VMF-311) flying the F9F-2 Panther in August 1951. In 1961, he served as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (VMF-232) flying the FJ Fury out of Marine Corps Air Station at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. In April 1965 and July 1970, Sloan served in Vietnam as Chief of Staff, First Marine Air Wing.
Sloan was awarded two Distinguished Flying Cross medals, the Bronze Star Medal with combat “V” and seven Air Medals, along with many other citations and campaign awards.
Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Coronado, Sloan was an active member for more than 40 years and served in numerous capacities as Club President, District Lt. Governor and District Governor.
He, his wife Ann and family lived in Coronado for 49 years. He was active in various business ventures and community affairs before his death in 2013 at 93.