Brains are a wonderful thing. All the little synapsis that connect to one another make it work in strange distracting chains. On Imus this morning, Jack Jacobs was on and happened to mention West Point, Sylvanus Thayer, and Tom Brokaw. Thayer Hall and West Point were familiar with a few isolated facts stored in some grey cell. Certainly Brokaw was familiar from the news as was "The Greatest Generation", but I knew nothing about the military career of Jack Jacobs.
Curiosity is a curse. Once something catches my attention, I can't stand not knowing. For decades this has meant prowling through the Encylopedia, digging in the dustier sections of libraries or finding another human being who just might know what was driving me crazy. The plus side has always been if I can't find something, it probably doesn't exist which turned out to be a good career move.
Something that in the past would have taken me hours or days to discover was resolved rapidly. It was just a matter of knowing the right questions to ask. Whatever its faults and you do need to be careful about exagerations and inaccuracies, the internet made it possible for me to find an answer to all the questions in about five minutes flat. Here is the result:
Tom Brokaw received the Thayer award for writing "The Greatest Generation" that reflected so well on the WWII military. This bit of info was delivered by Medal of Honor winner, Jack Jacobs. Just click on the links for the details.