Col. Jack Jacobs

Col. Jack Jacobs, earned the Medal of Honor in 1969 for exceptional heroism in Vietnam after entering military service through Rutgers ROTC. He also holds three Bronze Stars and two Silver Stars.

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 co-founded and was chief operating officer of Auto Finance Group. He was a managing director of Bankers Trust Company and later of Lehman Brothers. He is a military analyst for NBC and MSNBC and writes a weekly column for He also appears frequently on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and is a regular guest on the nationally syndicated Imus in the Morning radio program. Jacobs serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations and is the vice chairman of the Medal of Honor Foundation.

His first book, If Not Now, When?: Duty and Sacrifice in America's Time of Need, was published by Berkley/Caliber. Written with New York Times author David Fisher, Jacobs’ next book, Basic Tales, provides an insider’s look at basic training in the U.S. military, and will be published by Thomas Dunne Books.