Corporal Jacob H. Neal reported to San Diego for basic training in January, 2004. After graduating basic training in April, he reported to the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, California. He graduated with the Military Occupation Specialty of 0341, Mortarman.
Upon graduating from the School of Infantry, Cpl Neal reported to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, Austin, Texas for duty. In June 2006, he transferred to Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, Grand Rapids, Michigan for duty as a Fire Team Leader and a Mortarman.
In June of 2006, Cpl Neal was activated with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 5-7.2. Upon activation, he completed training at Camp Pendleton, California, and then in August of 2006, he went to Twentynine Palms, California for desert training and Mojave Viper. In October of 2006, Cpl Neal arrived in Al Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Cpl Neal is survived by his parents Perry L. Neal and Judy L. Neal of San Marcos, Texas.
Military Schools: Basic Training, School of Infantry
Personal Decorations: Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Navy Unit Commendation.