Warrior Wednesday: U.S. Marine Captain Douglas Zembiec, the commanding officer of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, gives orders to his men over a radio prior to leaving their secured compound for a short patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, April, 2004. The company entered Fallujah on April 6th to begin the effort of destroying enemy insurgents held up in the city.
Zembiec was named the “Lion of Fallujah” as a result of his heroic actions leading Echo Company during Operation Vigilant Resolve. As a rifle company commander, he led 168 Marines and sailors in the first conventional ground assault into Fallujah, Iraq, in April 2004. He was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device and two Purple Hearts due to wounds he incurred in action.
Zembiec lost his life during his fourth combat tour in Iraq when he was killed by small arms fire while leading a raid in Baghdad on May 11, 2007. He was 34 years old.