“Any Marine who comes home in one piece makes me the happiest person in the world”
Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and raised in Blythe, California, Jacob grew up like most kids: He was into sports, playing football and baseball with his friends and football and wrestling when he got to high school.
“I enlisted in the Marine Corps halfway through my senior year of high school,” Jacob said. “I always knew I would go into the military because I didn’t have the desire to go to college. I joined the Marine Corps mainly, though, because my father said I couldn’t and his brother was a Marine. Now my brother is becoming a Marine—and my dad is the odd man out, being in the Army!”
Jacob was assigned to 3rd Battalion 7th Marines based out of Twentynine Palms, California. In 2011, he deployed to Sangin, in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, described in 2010 by British newspaper The Guardian as "the deadliest area in Afghanistan." Read the rest of this entry »