(Ed.'s note: The following was sent to the P.W. Board of Education and reprinted here at the writer's request.)
The purpose of this letter is to formally request the Port Washington Board of Education to approve our proposal that the Salem School, upon reopening in 2003, be renamed the Douglas T. Jacobson School in perpetuity.
Mr. Jacobson, now deceased, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism while serving with the 4th Marine Division in the Battle of Iwo Jima in February 1945.
Douglas Jacobson grew up in Port Washington and attended school here. He enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 17 and saw action in several Pacific theater battles leading up to the invasion of Iwo Jima, a small volcano island.
A copy of the congressional citation describing Jacobson's personal conspicuous gallantry on Feb. 26, 1945 against strong enemy forces on Iwo is attached hereto. He was presented the medal by former president Harry S. Truman.
We residents of Port Washington strongly feel that this tribute to Douglas Jacobson is long overdue, and to this end we have adopted by resolution this request of the school board to rename the Salem School in his honor. We ask the board to give this request their utmost consideration and approval.
A proper tribute to this man who has deeply and forever honored Port Washington.
Jerry Sears and Bart Cosolito for The Committee to Honor Douglas T. Jacobson