Battlefield Fallujah Warriors: 1st Lieutenant John Jacobs, USMC

Platoon Commander, 2nd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines

Episode 5, 7, 9, 10, 12
Interviewer: Captain Joe Winslow
Mayor's Complex, Fallujah, Iraq - January 7, 2005
Courtesy of the Department of Defense and the U.S. Marine Corps History Division

I enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 1993. Started out as a private and worked my way up to staff sergeant and went into the program and then got my commission. Became an infantry officer and here I am. I was a mortarman. FAST [fleet anti-terrorism security team] Company. Been a forward observer with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines. 81’s platoon. 2nd Platoon has been with Kilo the whole time. We started, when we first got here, up in the village of Al Shahabi, which is to the northeast of Fallujah, by about six miles. We started out there just patrolling the village, looking for weapons caches, trying to instill some security, in that area, searching out insurgents.