Doc Jacobs

HM2 (FMF) Daniel “Doc” Jacobs is a 32 year old medically retired Navy Corpsman. He served eight years and two months in the United States Navy.  He has served six- years and six months of this service as a combat wounded Corpsman. Doc was sent to 3rd Battalion 7th Marine Regiment just weeks prior to their deployment to Ramadi, Iraq in September of 2005.  Doc was in combat for six and a half months on a seven-month deployment when his “gun truck” was struck by an I.E.D (improvised explosive device) that consisted of four 155mm artillery rounds.  After two full years of full physical, mental, and spiritual recovery which included losing his left leg (below the knee), three toes from his right foot, and three partial fingers from his left hand, Doc returned to the Fleet Marine Force and became one of the few in the Navy to do so. Not only was Doc one of the few amputees to return to the Fleet Marine Force for the Navy, but he also made US Naval and Marine Corps history by being the first amputee Corpsman and of all Naval Personnel to EVER be assigned to an infantry unit. 

Doc did more than just his job as a Corpsman: he has done 17 world marathons, most recent being the 2013 NYC Marathon (all marathons were completed as an amputee) and has recently run the Walt Disney World Half Marathon with a respectable time of 3 hours and 8minutes.

Doc has not only had a passion for helping those in uniform but has a passion helping all that need any assistance. He has recently founded the Doc Jacobs Foundation, (501(c)3 status approved December 7, 2017. The Doc Jacobs Foundation funds sports scholarships for children of military and veteran families. He played on the US Paralympic Sitting Volleyball team. Doc is featured in a documentary, produced by Anthony Edwards, called: “Searching for Home: Coming Back from War”. He volunteers, or volunteered, as a keynote speaker, leader and an inspiration for: the Semper Fi Fund, Achilles Freedom Team, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Waterboys, Chris Long Foundation, Operation Gratitude, California Disabled Veterans Business Alliance, Air Compassion for Veterans and Team USA’s Paralympic Volleyball Team. He does volunteer events to help raise awareness and funds for the aforementioned organizations. He frequents his fellow wounded warriors in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego and a trip to/from Landstuhl Germany to share his story and encouraging words of experience or wisdom to wounded warriors as they began their early stages of recovery. Doc has recently begun guest speaking at Naval and Marine Corps Commands in hopes of utilizing his constant uphill battles to inspire and bring motivation to those who may follow in his foot steps be it physical, mental or spiritual hardships.

In Doc’s personal time he: is a recent college graduate from National University, a full time and dedicated athlete for his pursuit of a professional baseball career, marathoner, author of his soon to be published book, avid bass fisherman, drummer last and certainly not least a very dear position held close to his heart, a peer mentor for his fellow veterans and persons with disabilities alike.

On February 28, 2013 and on June 16, 2014 Doc tried out for the LA Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox and made it to the second and final round. He has recently given it another swing in a tryout with the Detroit Tigers organization on March 9, 2015 and a 2nd shot with the White Sox on June 17, 2015. Although he did not get signed he is not giving up his hopes for making it to be a professional athlete. As a potential professional athlete Doc hopes he can utilize such a platform in order to reach out and inspire more veterans and persons with disabilities.

Doc ‘s up and coming projects include: finishing up a book about his time and struggles on Active Duty as a Wounded Warrior, starting his masters degree program at The Ohio State University (tenatively scheduled for a start of Fall 2019), continuing to train and condition for his aspirations of being a professional athlete, form his very own non-profit to have disable veterans baseball team, form the very first San Diego Amputee Society all while he pushes forth with his peer mentorship. Doc was personally invited to give a speech to the Cleveland Browns at their practice facility on December 10, 2016. As of recent, Doc has been helping friends start up a Search and Rescue/Recovery Organization.

Throughout the 2016 year, and on into 2018, Doc has been working for an organization as their Team Medic, Team Leader and Assistant Researcher while doing MIA Recovery Operations in all corners of the world.

A few personal awards, both military and civilian, that Doc holds dear to his heart are: Bronze Star with “V” for Valor, Purple Heart, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (for saving 59 US Coalition Forces lives), 2 Navy Good Conduct Medals, a personal letter from former 43rd US President George W. Bush, an invited to the White House by the 44th US President Barrack Obama, a personal Upper Deck Baseball Card and the 2015 Tommy Lasorda Veteran of the Year Award.

In recognition for his outstanding service to both the Nation and the community the city of San Diego has recognized him by making November 17th, Doc Jacobs Day in San Diego.