McMillan started studying Lotus Self-Defense under
Mack Petry in March
1995. Jacob continued studying and earned his green belt. In
addition to competing in martial arts tournaments and placing first place in
one specific one, Jacob also wrestled for Lafayette High School. After
graduating from high school in 1999, Jacob joined the U.S. Army.
While in the army,
Jacob graduated from basic training and airborne
school, became Ranger qualified, and served a combat tour in Afghanistan
before being deployed to Iraq in October of 2006. From 1999 to 2006, Jacob
was stationed in Bosnia, Italy, New York, and Anchorage, Alaska.
his Lotus training, as well as his wrestling experience to help him compete
in the Anchorage Tough Man Competitions.
Jacob was killed in action
while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom on December 20, 2006.
He was buried on December 29, 2006 next to his best
friend, Joe Thibodeaux, who was killed also while serving his country in
Iraq in September of 2004. The burial site is Lafayette Memorial Cemetery.
Staff Sergeant Jacob G. McMillan was posthumously
awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his selfless service in the War
on Terror. Additionally, in October of 2013, Ajarn Precha
Mahachanavong awarded Jacob an honorary black belt.