— Col. Jack Jacobs, (U.S.A. Ret.), awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his extraordinary valor in Vietnam, will be a featured speaker at Wayne Economic Development Corporation's (WEDCO) Annual Meeting and Dinner, scheduled for Thursday, April 11, at Bryn Mawr Conference Center in Honesdale.
The event is open to the public and reservations are required.
WEDCO's annual membership meeting will pay tribute to the nation's highest military honor, turning hosting duties over to Robert F. Jerome, Executive Council, Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
The Foundation serves as the educational arm of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which is comprised of the living recipients of the award.
Highlighting the tribute will be a brief presentation about the Medal of Honor, an intimate, 30-minute interview between Jerome and Col. Jacobs, and a moving conclusion.
The annual meeting and dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a complimentary social hour. A buffet dinner will follow at 7 p.m. A special sponsors reception with the honored guests is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Seating for the dinner is limited. The cost is $85 per person; tables of eight are also available at a discounted cost. Contact WEDCO at 253-5334 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Major event sponsors include: The Wilshinsky Group at Morgan Stanley, PPL Utilities, Bold Gold Media Group, Wayne Bank, Leeward Construction, The Dime Bank, Reilly Associates, and Wayne Memorial Health Systems.
Col. Jack Jacobs
On March 9, 1968, Col. Jacobs, then First Lieutenant, was with the lead companies of his South Vietnamese Battalion when, without warning, they came under intense fire from mortars, rifles and machine guns by a Vietcong enemy force.
Within minutes, many of the battalion were killed or wounded. The wounded included Col. Jacobs, hit by an exploding mortar that sent shrapnel tearing through the top of his head and face, breaking most of the bones in his face and causing the loss of sight in one eye.
In complete disregard of his wounds, he dragged his badly wounded American sergeant to safety and then returned to the battle to save others, each time through a hail of enemy fire. He kept at it until he finally collapsed from his wounds.
Rotated back to the states to recover, Col. Jacobs returned to Vietnam in 1972 and was wounded yet again. For his actions that March day, Jacobs was presented the Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon on Oct. 9, 1969.
Robert F. Jerome
For 41 years, Jerome worked in the securities industry, 35 of them in a variety of positions for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and its predecessor firms, retiring in December 2011 as a Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer for the firm's client facing products and services.
Page 2 of 2 - In addition to his other responsibilities, for nearly a decade he headed the firm's program to honor the living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Working with the Medal of Honor Foundation and the Medal of Honor Society, he oversaw the coordination of, and hosted, events nationwide honoring many of those awarded our nation's highest military honor for valor.
In December of 2011, he retired in order to devote his full time to work with the Medal of Honor Foundation and the Medal of Honor Society. In addition to working to fund the key initiatives of the foundation, he continues to host events around the country featuring these living heroes.
WEDCO is a non-profit corporation comprised of businesses, and partners with state, county, and municipal governments to work towards the economic advancement of our communities. More information is available at www.wedcorp.org.