Colonel (Ret.) Jack H. Jacobs
Colonel Jack Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, NY and entered military service through Rutgers ROTC, where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree. He earned the Medal of Honor for exceptional heroism on the battlefields of Vietnam. He also holds three Bronze Stars and two Silver Stars.
Jacobs was an adviser to a Vietnamese infantry battalion when it came under a devastating fire that disabled the commander. Although bleeding from severe head wounds, then-First Lieutenant Jacobs took command, withdrew the unit to safety, and returned again and again under intense fire to rescue the wounded and perform life-saving first aid. He saved the lives of a U.S. adviser and 13 allied soldiers.
Jacobs served on the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the National War College in Washington, D.C. After retirement, he founded and was chief operating officer of Auto Finance Group. As a managing director of Bankers Trust Co., he led Global Investment Management to $2.2 billion in assets and later co-founded a similar business for Lehman Brothers. He is a director of the Medal of Honor Foundation. He is also a military analyst for NBC/MSNBC. Jacobs is the co-author of If not now, When? a book that looks back at his own military service and ahead to America's future.