Marine Corps History: Maj Douglas A. Zembiec

Carl | February 18, 2013 

The Lion of Fallujah

Major Zembiec was nicknamed the “Lion of Fallujah” as a result of his heroic actions during Operation Vigilant Resolve in 2004. As a rifle company commander, he lead Echo Company 2/1 in the first conventional ground assault into Fallujah, Iraq. He was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device and two Purple Hearts due to wounds incurred in action. His brave actions are detailed in the book No True Glory: A Front-line Account of the Battle of Fallujah by Bing West.

Major Zembiec was killed by small arms fire while leading a raid during his fourth combat tour in Iraq. Zembiec warned his Marines to seek cover before doing so himself and was hit by enemy fire. Zembiec’s warning saved his men and the initial radio report of the incident said there were, “five wounded and one martyred.”

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