FORCE RECON Zembiec, Douglas Alexander

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Staff member
  • SURNAME
Zembiec
  • FORENAME
Douglas Alexander
  • UNIT
former Force Recon
  • RANK
Major
  • NUMBER
  • DATE OF DEATH
11th May 2007
  • AGE
34
  • GRAVESITE
Arlington National Cemetery,Virginia Section 60 Site 8621
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
from Albuquerque,New Mexico
born 14.4.1973 Kealakekua,Hawaii
don of Don (FBI agent) and Mrs Zembiec
husband of Pamela Zembiec (married 2005) (1 daughter Fallyn)
attended La Cueva High School,Albuquerque
graduated US Naval Academy 31.5.1995
USMC (2Lt)
1 Bn 6th Marine Regiment April 1996
2nd Force Recon Company June 1997 (1st Lt - Captain)
served Kosovo June 1999
Amphibious Recon School,Fort Story,Virginia September 2000
graduated Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School,Quantico May 2003
2 Bn 1st Marine Regiment (E Company) July 2003 - 2005 (Captain)
WIA 2004 Fallujah,Iraq
award Bronze Star with V
Marine Corps' 1st Special Operations Training Group (1 SOTG) November 2004
Regional Support Element,HQ,USMC 10.6.2005
Major 1.7.2005
Marine Advisor,Iraq Assistance Group,Multi-National Corps,Iraq 2007
award Silver Star (posthumous)
KIA Baghdad,Iraq
 

DATE OF DEATH:

11-May-2007

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Major Douglas Alexander Zembiec, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Marine Advisor, Iraq Assistance Group, Multi-National Corps, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 11 May 2007. Attacking from concealed and fortified positions, an enemy force engaged Major Zembiec's assault team, firing crew-served automatic weapons and various small arms. He boldly moved forward and immediately directed the bulk of his assault team to take cover. Under withering enemy fire, Major Zembiec remained in an exposed, but tactically critical, position in order to provide leadership and direct effective suppressive fire on the enemy combatant positions with his assault team's machine gun. In doing so, he received the brunt of the enemy's fire, was struck and succumbed to his wounds. Emboldened by his actions his team and supporting assault force aggressively engaged the enemy combatants. Major Zembiec's quick thinking and timely action to re-orient his team's machine gun enabled the remaining members of his unit to rapidly and accurately engage the primary source of the enemy's fire saving the lives of his comrades. By his bold initiative, undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Major Zembiec reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/3757
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