They buried the 1000th Hero KIA in Afghanistan this morning here in Kerrville. People lined the streets the whole 7 mile route from the church to the cemetery.
Jacob Carl Leicht, was born on July 4th, 1985 at Lemoore Naval Air Station Hospital in Lemoore, California, joining a family rich in military tradition. It came as no surprise, then, when Jacob expressed interest in becoming a Marine from the time he could talk.
Following high school, Jacob was awarded a full Navy ROTC scholarship at the University of Texas, Austin, after which he would be commissioned as an officer. However, in a move which epitomized Jacob’s desire to serve, he turned down the scholarship to join the Marines as an enlisted man. Jacob saw his dream become reality when, following boot camp and further training, he deployed to Iraq in the spring of 2007.
Jacob had been in Iraq for only a few weeks, serving in the Anbar Province, when the humvee Jacob was driving was hit by an IED. Jacob’s right leg was seriously injured, and he was immediately flown to Landstuhl, Germany for emergency surgery. Jacob was then transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, for an additional 18 surgeries in an attempt to save his leg.
Following the last successful surgery, Jacob spent the next two years in intense rehab in an effort to be reinstated to active duty, which he achieved in the fall of 2009. In January, 2010, Jacob married his wife Leslie Garcia, of Kerrville, Texas, and the newlyweds moved into military housing at Camp Pendleton, California.
Cpl Leicht, USMC, deployed to the Helmuth River Valley area of Afghanistan April, 2010, with the 1st LAR Battalion, 1st Marine Division. After being in the country for less than a month--Jacob was killed in action on May 27, 2010—the one thousandth casualty in the Afghan theatre. Jacob is survived by his wife, Leslie Garcia Leicht; his parents, Craig and Shirly Leicht of Kerrville, and five siblings--brother Jonathan Leicht and family of Kerrville; sister Elizabeth Leicht-Chapa and family of Florham Park, NJ; brother Jesse Leicht and sisters Mary Rose, and Sarah Grace Leicht of Kerrville; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces & nephews residing in Texas and California.
The family requests that donations be made in Jacob’s honor to the Semper Fi Foundation, at www.SemperFiFund.org or 210-916-5629 attn: Kimberly McConnell. The family also requests that you continue to support and pray for those in harm’s way, especially for Jacob’s Unit, the 1st Marine Div, 1st LAR Battalion, currently still deployed in Afghanistan. His Battalion will hold a Memorial Service for Jacob at Camp Pendleton upon their return.
Visitation will be at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Kerrville, TX on Friday June 4th from 6 PM to 8 PM. A Memorial Service will be held at Impact Christian Fellowship, Goat Creek Road, Kerrville, TX on Saturday June 5th at 11 AM, interment with full military honors, to follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery on Fredericksburg Road in Kerrville.
Only 25 years old. Godspeed young man.