In Memory of Army Cpl.
Robert Milton Jacobs
Sioux Falls, South Dakota,Minnehaha County
June 15, 1946 Ė May10, 1968
Killed in hostile ground action in An Nukt
Tan, Gia Din Province, South Vietnam
Robert (Bob) Milton Jacobs was born in Sioux Falls, South
Dakota on June 15, 1946 to Milton Robert and Joyce (Brendsel)
Jacobs. Bob had two sisters, Carolyn and Judy. He attended Mark
Twain and Lowell grade schools, and Edison Jr. High School. His
sister, Judy, describes Bob as a typical boy who had fun teasing
his younger sisters. He enjoyed music, and was involved with
band, choir, community plays, and was a member of All State
Chorus. He enjoyed fishing and pheasant hunting with his dad,
drawing, and playing with an extensive model train set. Bob
participated in his church choir, and Boy Scouts. He loved to
explore his surroundings when his family went camping. He once
caught a rainbow trout with his bare hands in Spearfish Canyon.
Bob graduated from Washington High in 1964, and attended one
year at Augustana College in Sioux Falls.
Bobby (center) and Judy (right) 1958 Bobby with
his first train
Robert M. Jacobs was drafted into the Army on June 13, 1967.
He took basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, advanced
and specialized training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and then went
on to Fort Knox, Kentucky. Cpl. Jacobs left for Vietnam from
Oakland, California on December 4, 1967, attached to Company A,
3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.
His company was providing security for the village An Nukt Tan.
On May 10, 1968, during hostile ground action with the enemy,
Corporal Robert Milton Jacobs was struck by rifle fire and
Dave Jacobs, cousin to Bob, wrote:
Bobby was an avid model car builder. He
would write me letters telling me how it was in Vietnam;
along with a list of model cars he would like me to send
him. I was about 10 or 11 years old. I would open the boxes
and tightly pack everything so it could make the trip. While
doing this I would write him back on almost every surface of
the box. This is how we conversed until his death.
Doodles from Bob
Sister Judy writes:
Dad was 49 years old when Bob was killed.
Heís been grieving for 38 years. My mother was in poor
health when we received news of Bobís death. She was not
allowed to see Bobís remains or go to his funeral. There was
no closure for her. She died in 1972. I sometimes think of
how different our family would be if Bob had survived. Would
mom have lived longer? Would Bob have married and had
children? Would he have become a singer, an artist, a car
designer or engineer in the car industry? Would he and dad
be fishing the lakes and hunting the fields? Would we still
be fighting as brothers and sisters do? Wars have robbed
young men and women of their futures. Let us not forget.
Cpl. Robert Milton Jacobs was buried in Hills of Rest
Cemetery in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Cpl Jacobís name can be
found on Panel 58E, Line 009 of the Veteransí Memorial Wall in
Shay Kelly Simons, 8th grade, Stanley County Middle School,
Fort Pierre, South Dakota, February 16, 2006, respectfully
submitted this entry. Dave Jacobs, Hartford, South Dakota,
cousin to Cpl. Jacobs, and Judy Rueb, Sheridan, Wyoming, sister
to Cpl. Robert Jacobs, provided information for this entry.