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Douglas Thomas Jacobson



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Arlington National Cemetery
  CB 5-H-17-3 

BORN:  November 25, 1925 at Rochester, NY

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from New York

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on February 26, 1945 at Hill 382, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands

DIED:  September 10, 2000 at the age of 74

Promptly destroying a stubborn 20mm antiaircraft gun and its crew after assuming the duties of a bazooka man who had been killed, Private First Class Jacobson waged a relentless battle as his unit fought desperately toward the summit of Hill 382. Employing his weapon with ready accuracy when his platoon was halted by overwhelming enemy fire he first destroyed two hostile machinegun positions, then attacked a large blockhouse, neutralizing the fortification before dispatching the five-man crew of a second pillbox and exploding the installation with a demolitions blast. Moving forward, he wiped out an earth-covered rifle emplacement and, confronted by a cluster of similar emplacements fearlessly advanced, reducing all six positions to a shambles, and killing ten enemy. He volunteered his services to an adjacent assault company, neutralized a pillbox, opened fire on a Japanese tank and smashed its 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, Private First Class Jacobson destroyed a total of 16 enemy positions and annihilated approximately 75 Japanese.



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