MARSOC Jacobs, Graham H.

John Robertson

Staff member
Graham H.
  • UNIT
Marine Special Operations Regiment (Company A,1 Marine S.O. Bn)
  • RANK
Staff Sergeant

Silver Star
Afghanistan 2009
from Lander,Wyoming
son of Randy and Roilene Jacobs,Lander,Wyoming
graduated Lander Valley High School 1999


Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Graham H. Jacobs, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Element Leader, Team 8113, Marine Special Operations Company Alpha, First Marine Special Operations Battalion, U. S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on 5 September 2009. While on a combat reconnaissance patrol in Central Farah Province, his team came under heavy enemy mortar, rocket propelled grenade and automatic weapons fire. Staff Sergeant Jacobs immediately dismounted, oriented the element's partner nation force and assaulted to within 75 meters of the attacking enemy. While maneuvering through alleyways and compound to compound, he killed three enemy combatants. He continued leading his element and the partner nation force under volumes of enemy fire while orienting the fires of an adjacent element in support of his maneuver. Receiving three casualties to his element, and with a severely wounded Afghan soldier separated from his element, he directed the recovery effort while providing accurate fires, eliminating another enemy. Once the casualty was recovered, Staff Sergeant Jacobs maintained his composure, engaged two different Taliban positions, marked his position for supporting arms and devised a plan to extract the casualties to the casualty collection point. Leading his men back through heavy volumes of fire, while carrying a severely wounded Afghan soldier, he reached the casualty collection point and continued providing accurate fires until the casualty evacuation commenced. Staff Sergeant Jacobs relentless courage, initiative and indomitable fighting spirit reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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