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An excerpt from Jack Jacobs' book 'Medal of Honor'

An excerpt from Jack Jacobs' book 'Medal of Honor'

11/11/11 06:00AM

If Jack Jacobs wanted a challenge, he certainly had one in 1966. He had a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a wife and a daughter, and no money. He had been through ROTC, and his plan was to enter active duty to earn a regular paycheck, then attend law school when his three-year Army commitment was finished. He volunteered immediately for airborne duty—paratroopers earned extra pay for the hazardous duty.A year later, Lieutenant Jacobs was in Vietnam as an adviser to a Vietnamese infantry battalion in the Mekong Delta. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, Nov. 11th

11/11/11 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Report: Sandusky’s charges could extend to TexasPaterno contacts criminal defense lawyerAssistant coach sidelined due to threatsPerry takes debate blunder to Letterman26 soldiers killed as Syria protesters fight backKidnapped MLB player's family waits for newsTim Pawlenty says he won’t consider VP slotFor Bank Of America, debit fees extend to unemployment benefitsGabrielle Giffords speaks in first TV interview since shooting read more

How can gov't. change structural...

How can gov't. change structural inequality in US?

11/10/11 07:00PM

What does this week's election portend for the Democrats and the president going into 2012? How can a public and private partnership help change inequality in this country? Senior political strategist for President Obama's reelection campaign, David... watch

Interest renewed in missing Pa. district...

Interest renewed in missing Pa. district attorney

11/10/11 07:00PM

An investigation into Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky first began in 2005, and the district attorney working on the case, Ray Gricar, has been missing since then. The New York Times' Ken Belson discusses the events surrounding Gricar... watch

Sandusky investigation expands into Texas

Sandusky investigation expands into Texas

11/10/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: The investigation into former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky, has expanded beyond Pennsylvania and into Texas. In the grand jury indictment of Sandusky, a victim alleges Sandusky assaulted him during a trip to the '99... watch

Perry makes light of gaffe, but can he...

Perry makes light of gaffe, but can he stay in race?

11/10/11 07:00PM

Top Talkers: Rick Perry drops by Letterman and makes light of his serious debate gaffe. But is his ability to laugh at himself enough to keep him in the race? The Morning Joe panel – including Donny Deutsch and Mike Barnicle – discusses Perry's... watch

Lisa Ling explores PTSD in US war vets

Lisa Ling explores PTSD in US war vets

11/10/11 07:00PM

"Our America" host Lisa Ling joins Morning Joe to discuss how PTSD affects U.S. war vets. Ling visited a suicide call center in New York that deals with veterans. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns also joins the conversation. watch

How to take your 4-year-old daughter to a football game

11/10/11 06:10PM

When you live in New York City, you run up a long list of things you've been meaning to do. You've been meaning to get to some off-Broadway theater — your trip to see Blue Man Group with relatives in from Schaumburg doesn't count. You've been meaning to get out to Ellis Island, which you hear has a database that allows you to track the immigrant history of your family. That sounds cool. You've been meaning to dust off the tuxedo and see Don Giovanni at the Met. You'll probably have some champagne and light hors d'oeuvres while you're there. read more

Operation Mend founder Ron Katz (l.) and Marine Corporal Aaron Mankin (r.)

Marine Corporal Aaron Mankin in the green room

11/10/11 11:05AM

Marine Corporal Aaron Mankin received the IAVA Veteran Leadership award Wednesday night in New York City, and he joined Morning Joe along with Operation Mend founder Ron Katz to discuss the award and the Operation Mend program, which serves Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.Meeting Cpl. Mankin was a complete honor, and he was more than willing to ham it up for the camera and be a joker for the camera. read more

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