Oak Forest Rotary Club Charter Member Jack Portman passed away a few weeks ago on May 2nd, 2012.  Jack was 96 years old.  Jack served his country in WW ll and later was a very successful local business man, he owned McDonald Restaurants in Oak Forest and Tinley Park Illinois.  Jack was a Paul Harris Fellow.

 This WW II US Army Captain MAC (MedicalAdministrative Corp) served a total of 4 years 10 months and 20 days.  His service began on February 7th 1941. Jack  served 6 months as Platoon Leader, Co E, MRTC, 3 months as Battalion Adjutant, and 6 months as a Company Commander C&C.

Arriving in Scotland on D Day, June 6, 1944 he was the Registrar at the 129th General Hospital in England until he was deactivated.  Jack told me he was very proud of the fact his hospital treated 2,300 soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.  Overall they treated 21,000 USA soldiers and lost only 6 due to injuries in combat.  Captain Jack Portman, an honored WW ll veteran and a Charter/Founding Member (1975) of the Oak Forest Rotary Club.  More information to follow.