Joseph Jackson was born and raised in Modesto, Ca where grew up playing water polo and swimming in the Central Valley. Joe flashed talent in the water when he regularly qualified for sectionals, despite battling injuries through high school. As graduation approached, he felt the urge to serve and with his natural love of the water, the Navy seemed to be the natural choice for this budding patriot.
Joe enlisted in 2004, attended Hospital Corps “A” school (officially becoming “Doc”), then field medical service school before being assigned to the 1st Marine Division, Regimental Combat Team 5. Petty Officer 3rd Class (HM3/FMF) Jackson deployed to Iraq in 2006, where he spent time in Fallujah working on an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) security team. Joseph medically retired from the Navy in 2009.
Since retiring, Doc has traveled the world spreading his positive message of fitness education, surf therapy, and advocating for Disabled Veterans rights. He has swum from Alcatraz, competed in Duke’s Oceanfest, and riden waves from Baja to Bondi.
Joe Jackson’s service dog Tuck can be found by his side when you see them out in town, but if he is wearing his working vest please refrain from touching Tuck or interacting with him.
Joe Jackson, USN Ret.