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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Presents Southington Korean War Veteran with Medals

August 2, 2018
Press Release

Southington, CT – Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented Southington resident Carl Jacobs with his service medals. Jacobs served in the Army from July 1950 to May 1953. In 1951, he was wounded in Korea. Jacobs was presented with the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Medal of Gratitude.

“I was honored to present Carl Jacobs with his service medals today. The Korean War has been called the ‘Forgotten War’ but should be called the ‘Forgotten Victory.’ It is always a tremendous privilege to honor Korean War veterans who fought so bravely for their country. Carl’s service and sacrifices will never be forgotten,” said Larson.

Jacobs is a lifelong resident of Connecticut who volunteered to serve his country in the Army after leaving foster care. He deployed to South Korea in 1950 upon completion of basic training. He was shot several times by enemy forces in 1951 and spent months recovering at a US military hospital in Osaka, Japan. Carl was honorably discharged from the Army in 1953 and returned home to Connecticut where he met his wife, Denise. Carl and Denise have been married for 60 years. Together they have one son.