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Jewish Generals and Admirals in America's Military

Brig. Gen. Philip Sherman (MD):
Colonel in the National Guard

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Brig. Gen. Philip Sherman was a Brigadier General in the Maryland Defense Force and a retired Colonel in the National Guard.

General Sherman was born in Baltimore, Maryland. His parents were Ann and Abe Sherman, his father had a book store and his mother was a homemaker. His father was a veteran of World War I and of World War II, who was in the invasion of Normandy. Sherman was raised and educated in Baltimore. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute in 1945.

Sherman joined the Maryland National Guard in 1944 when he was seventeen years old. He went through many assignments and promotions. Sherman was a Colonel when he retired from the National Guard, in 1987. He briefly attended the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. In 1946, he entered the Army for a year and he was assigned to the Signal Corps.

He attended the University of Baltimore where he received his associate degree, in 1945 and then his law degree, in 1953. He went into general law practice for many years in the Blaustein Building, in Baltimore. Sherman also served as the State of Maryland Director of Selective Service, 1997-1998.

Brig. Gen. Sherman was a longtime historian of the Maryland State Bar Association and he edited their newsletter which he titled “Pearls of Wisdom.”

He was a great fan of Sherlock Holmes. He was a member of the Six Napoleons, a Sherlock Holmes Society. He was also a member of the Baker Street Irregulars in New York City and the founder of the Sign of the Four, both were Sherlock Holmes organizations.

He was married to Helene Siegel, his high school sweetheart for 43 years, who died in 1992. They had a son, Mark, who lives in Israel, and six grandchildren. His then married the former Bette Miller.

Brig. Gen. Sherman was a member of Temple Oheb Shalom and he was very active in many civic and cultural organizations. He was president of the Jewish Historical Society and was a board member of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and of the Baltimore Table of American Military History.

Brig. Gen. Philip Sherman died on March 10, 2008.

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