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Posted on: August 24, 2015

[ARCHIVED] RESOLUTION IN HONOR OF U.S. MARINE LANCE CORPORAL JACOB D. GARCIA

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A local marine was honored for his service and dedication to our nation. The court unanimously approved a resolution in honor of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Jacob D. Garcia.

Garcia was born and raised in Edinburg, Texas to Jose Armando and Elia R. Garcia. He attended Edinburg High School where he graduated as a Bobcat in 2007. Following his graduation, at the age of 17, Garcia enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan where he served five years.

As a lead sweeper and rifleman for 81 Millimeter Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division (Forward) and I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Garcia led multiple missions that resulted in ensuring the safety of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, Afghan counterparts and local civilians.

In June 2010, Garcia was serving as the lead sweeper when his unit was engaged by enemy forces 600 meters south of their position. Disregarding his own personal safety, he swept a nearby area that provided more cover to allow his unit to return fire on the enemy. Lance Corporal Garcia took part in over 130 combat patrols, three named battalion operations and two company operations during his tour of duty. All in all, he was responsible for identifying 36 IEDs totaling an estimated 1,300 pounds of explosives.

Due to his courageous acts Jacob D. Garcia was awarded the Bronze Star Medal on May 16, 2011 by the President of the United States for his heroic service from April 3, 2010 to November 10, 2010.

Garcia graciously accepted the resolution and thanked the court for the notable honor. He was accompanied by his parents Jose Armando and Elia R. Garcia. His young son, Evan Daniel Garcia, and three siblings, Melody, Emma Lee, and Lenny R. Garcia.

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