COVINGTON COUNTY, MS – Private First Class Mack Jordan served in the 21st infantry regiment of the Korean War.
While he was still in high school, the sharecropper’s son and oldest of 9 children left behind everything he knew in the farm lands of Covington County and went on to fight for his country.
“He just had a real heart to go to war,” U. S. Air Force Sergeant Rudolph Wade and Jordan’s childhood neighbor said.
In 1951,at the young age of 22 Jordan was killed in battle in Kumsong Korea.
He became Covington County’s decorated war hero.
“He only served 11 months before he was killed. And he told his cousin ‘I don’t think i’ll come back alive’,” Wade said.
Jordan was honored with the Purple Heart and is one of four Mississippians to earn the Korean Service Medal.
A monument in Jordan’s honor sits outside the Covington County courthouse.
And, as of today, his family will drive along Highway 84 knowing it is named in his memory.
Mississippi Department of Transportation has dedicated Highway 84, from Salem School Road to Highway 37, naming it the Mack Jordan Memorial Highway.