Jacobs, Bruce, MG

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Service Branch
US
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1979-1985, DA G5
Service Years
1943 - 1985
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Iwo Jima Certificate

US

Major General



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1925
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Jacobs, Bruce, MG USA(Ret).
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Brooklyn
Last Address
Kensington, MD

Date of Passing
Jan 13, 2011
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Army Staff Identification US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Honorably Discharged WW II Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

US Army Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Armor Shoulder Cord


 Military Association Memberships
National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS)Army Historical Foundation
  1957, National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1983, Army Historical Foundation [Verified]


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Last Known Activity

Bruce Jacobs, 85, a veteran of three wars who in 1985 retired from the Army at the rank of major general and became a top official of the National Guard Association of the United States, died Jan. 13 at his home in Kensington. He had myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow disorder.
 

Gen. Jacobs joined the Army during World War II and served in the Pacific. He spent the next four decades in active and reserve duty and service in the Army National Guard, and many assignments focused on public affairs work. He was a Korean War veteran and went to Vietnam in the late 1960s as a special National Guard liaison officer.
 

In retirement, he spent 10 years with the National Guard Association, whose magazine he edited. He also served as executive director of the Historical Society of the Militia and National Guard, now called the National Guard Educational Foundation. He wrote several books of military history.
 

Gen. Jacobs was a native of Brooklyn. N.Y., and a graduate of New York University. He received a master's degree in diplomatic history from Georgetown University. He also was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.


He was a past president of the Army and Navy Club in Washington, served on the National Battlefields Commission and played a key role in the creation of the memorial in Vierville, France, commemorating the National Guard's role in the invasion of Normandy. 
His decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.His wife of 62 years, Shirley Klein Jacobs, died in 2009. Survivors include three children, Louisa Yates of Healdsburg, Calif., Martha Schilling of Edison, N.J., and Philip Jacobs of Bethesda; a sister; and four grandchildren.

   
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JACOBS--Bruce, Maj. Gen., 85, the first Historian Emeritus of the National Guard and the author or editor of books and articles on military history subjects, died after a long illness on January 13, 2011 at his home in Kensington, MD. He retired in 1985 after 42 years of active, Guard and reserve service. His honors included the Army Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Army General Staff Identification Badge.

He was a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. A native of Brooklyn, NY, and '42 graduate of Boys High, General Jacobs later lived in Park Ridge, NJ, and in Cleveland, OH before he and his wife settled in Alexandria, VA in 1971. He attended New York University and received a master's degree in diplomatic history from Georgetown University. Beloved husband to the late Shirley Klein Jacobs for over 62 years, he is also survived by two daughters, Louisa Yates of Healdsburg, CA (Richard), and Martha Schilling of Edison, NJ and a son, Philip H. Jacobs, of Bethesda, MD (Marjorie) and four grand-children. Burial, with full military honors, will be at Arlington National Cemetery
   
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 Unit Assignments
Airborne School8th ArmyARNG, New YorkCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course
US Army Vietnam (USARV)Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)/White House Military OfficeArmy War College (Staff)National Guard Bureau (NGB)
Department of the Army (DA)
  1954-1954, 1204, Airborne School
  1954-1954, 8th Army
  1957-1967, 5505, ARNG, New York
  1965-1966, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course
  1968-1969, 2510, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1970-1971, Office of Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)/White House Military Office
  1971-1971, Army War College (Staff)
  1971-1974, 00G5, National Guard Bureau (NGB)
  1975-1979, 2011, Immediate Office of the Secretary of the Army (IOSA)
  1979-1985, DA G5
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)
  1943-1943 WWII - American Theater
  1944-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle of Okinawa
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1945-1950 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
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