Major General John H. Jacobsmeyer, Jr., was born and raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1952 with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. As a distinguished military graduate of the ROTC program, he entered active duty with an assignment to missile and flight testing.
The first 19 years of his career included additional assignments in flight testing and other research and development activities, interspersed with graduate education at the University of Michigan and the Air War College. The last ten years of his career were spend in Command and Control, and communications duties in Vietnam, with the North American Air Defense Command, and with the Defense Communications Agency.
General Jacobsmeyer retired from active duty as Vice Director of the Defense Communications Agency and concurrently Deputy Manager of the National Communications System. His awards and decorations over an outstanding 29-year career include the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal.
After General Jacobsmeyer's retirement in 1981, he returned to New Hampshire, settling in Northwood to operate an Angus beef cattle farm, provide some consulting services, and to support town affairs. The latter service has included being the Water District Commissioner, Selectman, Planning Board and Budget Committee member, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Lamprey Regional Cooperative.
For 19 years he has been an active member of the New Hampshire Chapter of the Retired Officer's Association, serving as President for 18 months and Chairman of the Scholarship Committee for 11 years. During his tenure as President, the chapter established a continuing supportive relationship with the New Hampshir Veterans home. For the last eight years, he served as a member of the State Veteran's Council, having been nominated for three-year terms successive times by the Governor.
General Jacobsmeyer has been married for over 50 years to the former Patricia McDonough of Portsmouth, and they have four children and eight grandchildren. Two of their children served in the Air Force; their combined years of active service totaling 17. Three of his children graduated from the University of New Hampshire.