Wells Fargo honors an American hero

Col. Jacobs, at center, posed with, from left,  Kerrin Coyle, Selectman David Theis, Janet Freiheit and Alan Sharkany. before the ceremony that honored his decorated service in the Vietnam War. — John Ferris Robben photo

Col. Jacobs, at center, posed with, from left, Kerrin Coyle, Selectman David Theis, Janet Freiheit and Alan Sharkany. before the ceremony that honored his decorated service in the Vietnam War.
— John Ferris Robben photo

American heroes are used to getting a big hand wherever they go. On the other hand, bankers maybe not so much.

But last month it was the bankers who were giving out the applause and receiving them in return as Wells Fargo Advisors held an event honoring Col. Jack Jacobs, a retired veteran of the Vietnam War who currently serves as an analyst for NBC and MSNBC. Col. Jacobs is a medal of honor winner for his service in Vietnam where he, despite being wounded by mortar fragments to the head from an attack, repeatedly ran across rice paddies through heavy fire to evacuate others, saving a total of 14 lives according to accounts.

The medal of honor is one of great distinction as it is the highest commendation for valor presented by the United States’ government to members of the armed services. To put the numbers in perspective, since the medal was created by President Abraham Lincoln, only 3,471 have been issued and today Col. Jacobs is one of the fewer than 90 living recipients of it.

Col. Jacobs had a distinguished crowd waiting for him at the event including Selectman David Theis, first vice president for investments at Wells Fargo Advisors Old Greenwich office, Chief of Police James Heavey, an Army veteran himself, and Alan Sharkany, a Westport resident and a Marine veteran who brought back the annual Salute to Veterans to Greenwich last summer and plans to do it again this year.

Col. Jacobs was also honored by the presence of the Greenwich Police Department’s honor guard. After the event he participated in a book signing.

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