Gerald “Jerry” Jacobsen comes home

| July 16, 2017 | 11 Comments

The Star-Tribune tells the story of Staff Sergeant Gerald “Jerry” Jacobsen, who joined the Army in 1942 and married his sweetheart, Catherine Burket, in 1943 and shipped to the war in Europe the following year with the 35th Infantry Division.

10 days after arriving in France, about a month after D-Day, Jerry was assigned to an isolated forward observation post. The position was shelled by German artillery and communications were lost. At the end of the battle, scores of soldiers were missing, including Jerry, and many of the fallen were unidentifiable. Jerry was officially listed as missing in action, and subsequently designated as deceased a year and a day later. Meanwhile, an unidentified body was interred in a grave in Normandy marked “A Comrade in Arms, Known But to God”; 73 years later exhumed and identified as S/SGT Gerald L. Jacobsen.

So, Gerald was returned to now-Catherine Tauer seventy-four years after their marriage on Friday and she recived his Bronze Star and Purple Heart;

The Star Tribune says that Jerry wasn’t the only member of his family to give the last full measure of devotion;

Six of Jerry’s brothers also served in combat, five in WWII and one in Korea and Vietnam; two of them, like Jerry, also gave their lives Robert in WWII and Donald in Vietnam.

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  1. STSC(SW/SS) says:

    Another brother comes home. Rest well S/SGT.

  2. RGR 4-78 says:

    Rest in Peace Staff Sergeant.

  3. Skippy says:

    Welcome Home brother in arms

    Rest Well now

    Salute

  4. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    Such a sacrifice they all have made. Prayers for them all.

  5. UpNorth says:

    Welcome home, brother. Rest in peace.

  6. Eden says:

    Rest in peace, S/SGT.

  7. OldSoldier54 says:

    Welcome hone indeed, Brother. May the Lord help us to be worthy of the price you paid.

    See you in a while.

  8. Claw says:

    “10 days after arriving in France”

    Out of simple curiosity, I did a little research on the brother Donald who was lost in Vietnam. Found out that he was a SSG assigned to Detachment A-107, C Co, 5th SFG and was KIA from small arms fire on 29 Jan 66, six days past his 33rd birthday and had only been in country for 17 days.

    Hand salute and RIP to the two brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice 22 years apart.

  9. desert says:

    Jerry and his brothers are now wandereing AWSTRUCK through Heaven!

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