Capt. Jack Jacobs is awarded the Medal of Honor by President Nixon on Oct. 9, 1969 on the south lawn of the White House. Standing behind the President are Secretary of the Army Stanley Resor and Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird. The old executive building can be seen in the background.
Veteran viewers and readers know one of the great blessings in my life has been the exposure I've received to the military—active duty, in the field and veterans—and especially the time I get to spend with Recipients of the Medal of Honor by serving on their Foundation Board. The ultimate blessing is: I get to work with a Medal of Honor recipient here at NBC every day. We have become close friends, and I'd take a bullet for him—just as he took a couple for the home team during his time in Vietnam. I'd like to ask you to pay special attention to a segment airing tonight: Jack Jacobs goes back to Vietnam, to the battlefield where he sustained the grievous wounds that resulted in the Medal being placed around his neck by President Nixon. My only regret is that I badly wanted to go on that trip with him, but could not. Instead, the honor fell to Chris Jansing, who tells the story so beautifully. Jack will join us on the set tonight. He is a genuine American hero. I am blessed to know him. I hope you can join us for that segment and the rest of our broadcast tonight.