HENRY ADAMS JACOBS, the only son of a Hungarian tailor and his Russian-born wife, enlisted in the service in Sheridan in July 1918. As a proficient violinist, Jacobs found himself attached to the 4th Coast Artillery Corps Band, stationed at Fortress Monroe, Virginia. All his service was performed stateside.
After the war, Jacobs returned to Wyoming and entered the family business. He and his father operated a tailoring business in Casper for many years. Jacobs died in Casper in 1983.
The following letter, written in September 1918, was published in The Sheridan Daily Enterprise on October 11, 1918.
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Dear Father and Mother - I just returned from New York and experienced a wonderful time there. I saw the Statue of Liberty, the Woolworth Building, Brooklyn Bridge, also Wall Street and Broadway. ... New York can't be beat for patriotism; a soldier or a sailor is treated with the greatest courtesy and always invited to go someplace.
Friday night I went to a dance given for the benefit of the Jewish boys who had enlisted in the Jewish battalion to fight in Palestine. Believe me, they were sure a fine looking bunch of boys. They wear the English uniform and have the Zionist emblem on their collars. A Canadian sergeant who was doing recruiting duty to get men for the Jewish battalion gave an address to the people, and he said that there was not a more loyal and patriotic people than the Jews. This Canadian sergeant has fought in the Spanish-American war and enlisted in the Canadian army when war broke out. He has had four years of fighting, was wounded, and got a medical discharge from the army. But he was not satisfied, so he re-enlisted, and the English government put him on recruiting duty.
As I was walking down one of the streets of New York, I noticed a crowd assembled and went up to see what the excitement was. I saw a man in civilian clothes, but who had service stripes on his breast and wore a medal for bravery. This man had been wounded in an aerial battle and given a medical discharge, but he was now selling War Saving Stamps to do what he could for his country. This young fellow was also a Jew, and remember this: that if anyone asks you what the Jews are doing for their country, just show them this letter.