The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 
MAJ Douglas Thomas Jacobson

MAJ Douglas Thomas Jacobson

Birth
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 10 Sep 2000 (aged 74)
Port Charlotte, Charlotte County, Florida, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Court 5 Section H Stack 17 Nich 3
Memorial ID 12656 · View Source
Suggest Edits

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for single-handedly storming enemy positions on Iwo Jima. Three days after the flag-raising event on Iwo Jima, Jacobson, a 19 year old from Long Island, carried out one of the war's most extraordinary feats in the assault on Hill 382, the highest point on northern Iwo Jima. When the advance of Jacobsons platoon was halted on the hill, he grabbed a bazooka and a satchel of explosives from a fallen Marine. The bazooka was designed to be wielded by two men but he carried it alone. First, he destroyed a 20 millimeter aircraft gun and wiped out its crew. Then he knocked out two machine-gun positions, two large blockhouses and seven rifle emplacements. After that, he destroyed a tank and continued his assault on blockhouses. When he was finished, 16 enemy fortifications had been destroyed, and 75 Japanese soldiers had lost their lives. 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 Island, 26 February 1945. Promptly destroying a stubborn 20mm. 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 2 hostile machinegun positions, then attacked a large blockhouse, completely neutralizing the fortification before dispatching the 5-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 6 positions to a shambles, killed 10 of the enemy, and enabled our forces to occupy the strong point. 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 1 of our supporting tanks, and smashed the enemy tank's gun turret in a brief but furious action culminating in a single-handed 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.


Family Members

Parents

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

How famous was MAJ Douglas Thomas Jacobson?

Current rating:

52 votes

Sign-in to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 20 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12656
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ Douglas Thomas Jacobson (25 Nov 1925–10 Sep 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12656, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .