Photo Courtesy of Brig. Gen. Jacobson
Brig. Gen. Raymond M. Jacobson

Jewish Generals and Admirals in America's Military

Brig. Gen. Raymond M. Jacobson:
Veteran of the Korean War

by Seymour”Sy” Brody

Brigadier General Raymond M. Jacobson is a veteran of the Korean War and was the Commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, in Maryland.

He was born in Orlando, Florida, on June 27, 1928. His parents were Teressa and Louis Jacobson of Gainesville, Florida. He graduated from Miami Beach High School. Jacobson received a B.A. degree from the University of Florida, in 1949. He received a Law degree from the University of Miami in 1952 and a Master of Law degree from Georgetown University in 1960.

He received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Transportation Corps after completing his ROTC program at the University of Miami. Jacobson was called to active duty during the Korean War. He was in the Seattle Port of Embarkation and then joined the 3rd Transportation Railway Service in Seoul, Korea.

When he received his discharge from the Army in 1954, Jacobson remained in the Army Reserve. He started with the Transportation Corps and then went into the Civil Affairs units. He was promoted to Brigadier General and was appointed the Commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, located in Riverdale, Maryland.

This command consisted of 17 subordinate units located in the Mid-Atlantic area with more than 3,000 officers and enlisted men. The Command had a principle mission, developed under the leadership of General Jacobson, to support the 3rd Army. This mission required a level of training performance and readiness to meet its mobilization responsibilities in the Middle East.

During his career he graduated from the Army War College, the Command and General Staff College, the Army Logistic Management Center, the Judge Advocate General’s School and the Transportation School.

Gen Jacobson was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and a number of other awards for his service in Korea and the Reserve Service.

He served as president and Executive Director of the Senior Army Reserve Commanders Association (SARCA) and was inducted into SARCA’s Hall of Fame.

Citation of the Legion of Merit:

For exceptional meritorious service as Commander, 352 Civil Affairs Command, Riverdale, Maryland, from 13 August, 1979, to 31 August, 1983. Brigadier General Jacobson was responsible for a sustained, creative expansion and reappraisal of the civil affairs mission of his command. His aggressive efforts instilled in the Department of the Army a new awareness of the importance and potential of the civil operations. Particularly as a force-multiplier and valuable tool of the combat and logistic commander. Brigadier General Jacobson’s exceptionally meritorious achievements and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest standards of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Reserve.

General Jacobson is married to Eileen and they have a son Louis, who is a graduate of Princeton University, in New Jersey. He retired from the Army Reserve in 1980 and he went into private practice in law.

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