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Jacobus & The U.S. Army

by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | August 16, 2017
My father served in the U.S. Army from 1939-1945. He was an intelligence officer and sometimes operated behind the lines. When I was young he never talked about his military service even though I prodded him, but when he was terminally ill he did open up.

My father was a devout Catholic and really practiced what was preached. He felt that many Nazis were weak people led by bad people. He never blamed the whole German culture and felt that many people who were not Nazi sympathizers felt as though they were helpless to stand in the way of the Nazi regime.

I remember him staying something like "If good people do nothing, bad people can do whatever they want."

Even though he had never boasted about his war time service, he admitted to me on his death bed that he was proud of what he had done to make the world a better place during WWII. He was proud of his brother, the pilot, who was killed during WWII and he felt he made the world a better place by ridding it of Nazis.

He once said that "My generation made the world a better place."

I am disappointed that President Trump didn't speak out against the Neo-Nazis in Virginia.

He is so quick to criticize anyone who crosses him, I just don't understand how it is possible that he refuses to criticize these Neo-Nazis to the same extent that he attacks senators, congressman, business leaders, cabinet members, reporters, his generals, war heroes, foreign heads of state, and the list goes on and on.

You would hope that when so many people disagree with him, that he would get the message.

Perhaps he would have figured that out when the Congressional Budget Office confirmed that repealing the Affordable Care Act without any replacement would have created a deficit and increased insurance rates. I thank God John McCain (criticized by President Trump) prevented this.

PS: After my dad died, I found a Purple Heart Medal, a Bronze Star Medal and a Silver Star Medal in his belongings.

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About Phil Jacobus

Phil Jacobus has been involved in health care since 1977, when he visited China to sell equipment. He has done business in 35 countries and still travels extensively. Phil is active in charity, helps rural clinics and always tries to help DOTmed users when he can.

Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.

Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.


Barbara Fahringer

Your Father

August 17, 2017 04:49

Thank you for this beautiful testament to your father. He was a remarkable man and I think of him often.

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Philip F. Jacobus

re: Your Father

August 28, 2017 11:02

Thank you Barbara I know my father liked you very much

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David G. Imber

A truly unique life

August 18, 2017 10:24

I've been privileged by your sharing stories of your father's military service, and in particular, the way it intersected with his meeting and courting your mother. He was an amazing and inspiring man, and its wonderful to be reminded of him again. Gives hope when it's needed.

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Philip F. Jacobus

re: A truly unique life

August 28, 2017 11:03

Thank you david

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Don Bogutski

Jacobus and the US Army

August 25, 2017 12:58


I agree that you have much to be proud of concerning your father's military accomplishments. His war time service represents only a single chapter of a remarkable life. I feel likewise about my dad. He is my hero. That great generation faced great challenges as youngsters and young adults. They acquitted themselves with honor and dignity.

Concerning your criticisms of President Trump, I take strong exception. The President criticized the Neo Nazis and White Supremacists before Heather Heyer was run down and killed. It is recorded and time stamped. You can review what President Trump said and when he said it simply by doing an internet search. President Trump amplified his criticism of both those groups after Heather's death and again when he was questioned by a disbelieving media. He rightly criticized the AntiFa movement for attending the same rally with bats and stones, shields and helmets, prepared to do battle.
I believe that the guilt is equivalent. Two wrongs never make a right! I believe that to down play the damage done to the fabric of our society by Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other identity politic groups is a grave mistake. I believe that you have fallen into the trap of main stream media propagandizing. The disinformation which NYT and WAPO filter, then try to pass off as honest reporting is breath taking.

We both will remember with sadness what Senator Mc Cain's vote against the "Repeal and Replacement of A C A means when millions of people in need of healthcare insurance have no companies willing to provide it in their area. I remember how the C B O scored the A C A and confirmed what President Obama fed to the American people, that A C A's passage would save households on average $2,500/year on healthcare insurance, do you? How much has your insurance gone down since 2010?

We will also remember how diligently President Trump has worked to get a Republican majority Senate and House to honor their commitments and repeal and pass a replacement to A C A. Senator Mc Cain's vote was an act of betrayal. Watch his earlier recorded statements on youtube on the subject during the past seven years. Mc Cain was consistently for repeal and replacement until the time came to vote that A C A be repealed and replaced. We should also never forget that it was the Democratic majority alone, owning the two houses of legislation and the Presidency that passed ACA in 2010 on lies and deceit. The mess that the Democrats created will be very painful to clear up and it will require years of pain and suffering to correct.

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