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Staff Sgt. Jacob G. McMillan View/Sign Guest Book
Staff Sgt. Jacob G. McMillan

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Age:   25
Hometown: Lafayette
Date of Death: 12/20/2006
Incident Location: Baghdad, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (
Unit's Base: Fort Richardson, Alaska

Jacob G. McMillan had left sweat and his heart on the wrestling mat for months. So, when he called his teammates together in February 1999, they fell in line. It was one of the team''s first practices heading into the state wrestling finals. The wrestlers were worn ragged by the season''s end. "He gave them this speech of motivation and determination," said coach Glenn Bernard. "He reminded them of the purpose of why they were here: To wrestle." McMillan, 25, of Lafayette, La., was killed by a bomb and small-arms fire Dec. 20 in Baghdad. He was assigned to Fort Richardson. McMillan was "a hardworking kid," and a "great, great leader," according to Bernard. Wrestling at the 171-pound weight class, McMillan would finish fifth in the 1999 state tournament in his division. He was a 1999 high school graduate and had served four months in Afghanistan. "He was the epitome of what an American soldier looked like to me: Kinda tall, lean, clean-shaven, very respectful and proper," said his former principal, Patrick Leonard. He is survived by his fiancee, Allegra Geffert, and his parents, Gerald and Kathryn.
Source: Associated Press
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