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World War II - U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Douglas Thomas Jacobson

Details
  • Rank: Private First Class (Highest Rank: Major)
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company L, 3d Battalion, 24th Marines,
    4th Marine Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: February 26, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Hill 382, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 3d Battalion, 23d Marines, 4th Marine Division, in combat against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, 26 February 1945. Promptly destroying a stubborn 20-mm antiaircraft gun and its crew after assuming the duties of a bazooka man who had been killed, Pfc. Jacobson waged a relentless battle as his unit fought desperately toward the summit of Hill 382 in an effort to penetrate the heart of Japanese cross-island defense. Employing his weapon with ready accuracy when his platoon was halted by overwhelming enemy fire on 26 February, he first destroyed two hostile machine-gun positions, then attacked a large blockhouse, completely neutralizing the fortification before dispatching the five-man crew of a second pillbox and exploding the installation with a terrific demolitions blast. Moving steadily forward, he wiped out an earth-covered rifle emplacement and, confronted by a cluster of similar emplacements which constituted the perimeter of enemy defenses in his assigned sector, fearlessly advanced, quickly reduced all six positions to a shambles, killed 10 of the enemy, and enabled our forces to occupy the strongpoint. Determined to widen the breach thus forced, he volunteered his services to an adjacent assault company, neutralized a pillbox holding up its advance, opened fire on a Japanese tank pouring a steady stream of bullets on one of our supporting tanks, and smashed the enemy tank's gun turret in a brief but furious action culminating in a singlehanded assault against still another blockhouse and the subsequent neutralization of its firepower. By his dauntless skill and valor, Pfc. Jacobson destroyed a total of 16 enemy positions and annihilated approximately 75 Japanese, thereby contributing essentially to the success of his division's operations against this fanatically defended outpost of the Japanese Empire. His gallant conduct in the face of tremendous odds enhanced and sustained the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
Medal of Honor Recipient Douglas T. Jacobson
Medal of Honor Recipient Douglas T. Jacobson
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 5, 1945
    The White House, presented by Pres. Harry S. Truman
  • Born: November 25, 1925, Rochester, Monroe County, NY, United States
  • Died: August 20, 2000, Punta Gorda, FL, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (63-Col#5-H-17-3), Arlington, VA, United States
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