Birth: Mar. 19, 1983
Death: Jan. 19, 2007
Al Anbar Governorate, Iraq
Marine Cpl. Neal was assigned to 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jacob was killed while conducting combat operations in Iraq. Jacob had decided while still in high school that he would join the military but 9/11 was the defining moment for him. When he graduated from Crockett High School in Texas, he signed up and wanted to go to Iraq. His unit was not scheduled to leave for Iraq for some time so he went to Michigan to join a unit that was deploying to Iraq soon. He always tried to help others, and was a person who wanted to try his best and to succeed for himself – he never asked anyone for help.
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
Plot: Section 25, Site 1761
Rest in Peace fallen hero, you are missed.