May 26, 2014, - 6:58 pm

EXCLUSIVE Touching Photos: Jewish US Fallen Remembered, How US Jews Remembered US Fallen

By Debbie Schlussel

You must check out these exclusive photos, below, from my collection. They depict memorial services at Anzio, Italy, where several Jewish American soldiers died in battle during World War II, and a memorial service held for America’s fallen by the Jewish War Veterans during World War II.

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Memorial Services for America’s Fallen Jewish Soldiers at Anzio, Italy During World War II, September 25, 1944 . . .
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The Jewish War Veterans of the United States Leadership Remembers America’s Fallen Soldiers During World War II at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Scranton, Pennsylvania, October 9, 1942. The photo shows, among others Benjamin Kaufman, National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans and a Congressional Medal of Honor holder. . .
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14 Responses

Jews made up 5% of the US population during WWII, and made up 10% of the soldiers. While other soldiers who were not college graduates were promoted to as high as colonel, highly qualified Jewish candidates never made it passed private. From Ed Koch to Mel Brooks to my uncles, they had to fight the Japanese and Germans, and they had to fight discrimination within the military.

Jews fought in every theatre of the war, often on the front lines. They volunteered for some of the toughest, most dangerous assignments. They were in every single battle of the war. My father and three of my uncles served during WWII, one of them getting 15 medals and 5 purple hearts, but no promotions. Another uncle served during the Korean war.

Jews served from the Revolutionary War to the Afghani fiasco. They died, and bled, for America. They were among the first graduates of West Point, and were among some of the early recipients of the Medal of Honor.

A distant relative served in the Union Army of Kentucky. A great uncle died in the Spanish American War, fighting with Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders.

Constrast this with the anti-Semites like Pat Buchanan. A pro-Vietnam War fraud, he got out of Vietnam claiming he had a bad knee, yet he still managed to play tennis through the war while whining about draft dodgers. He complains about others fighting in place of American Jews, yet he has it wrong. American Jews fought instead of this anti-Semitic coward.

During Vietnam, Jews made up a much smaller percentage of the population than they did during WWII, but made up 8% of the soldiers during the war. My mother’s cousin, a Marine Colonel, was shot down and killed on a bombing run when he could have been stateside, receiving a promotion and a safe desk job.

Let no one say otherwise. We Jews have shed more than our share of blood so that cowards like Pat Buchanan be safe to call us cowards.

Jonathan E. Grant on May 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Pat Buchanan is a scumbag.

    DS_ROCKS! on May 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    JEG, good post. Thanks for sharing.

    Ralph Adamo on May 26, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you for this information and thank you for the service of your relatives.

    Debbie.thank you for this post today.

    Joel C. on May 27, 2014 at 9:33 am

That should read “so that cowards like Pat Buchanan can be safe to call us cowards and un-American.”

Jonathan E. Grant on May 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm

These poignant photos represent sacrifice for a great nation by a great people. Thanks for sharing them.

I wasn’t aware of these comments by Pat Buchanan but I know that he gave up the fight a long time ago and haven’t paid attention to him since.

Frankz on May 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Thanks, Debbie.

skzion on May 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Wow, I can’t believe these photos come all the way back to the 1940’s. It’s really great to remember our fallen heroes. I will always be thankful for their bravery and courage to fight for the freedom we are enjoying today.

J Norton on May 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm

You rightly took sacrifices of Jewish lives back to the Spanish-American War, but we can go back to the early days of our nation, an experiment in humanity in a world of cruel monarchies. We can look at Haim Salomon, a Jew who gave his wealth and, eventually, his life from being a prisoner of the British for espionage. He is just one of many Jews who contributed to the growth of our country. Obama told us that Islam contributed, but I only see one teaching in the Koran, still followed in Islamic countries today, that we followed. That would be the practice of slavery.

marblenecltr on May 27, 2014 at 9:59 am

Good posts DS & JEG!
My father served in WWII in the Manhattan Project.

PaulaMalka on May 27, 2014 at 10:08 am

    PaulaMalka, your father served in the Manhatten Project? That would indicate that he was very likely extraordinarily brainy–as many of the greatest minds of the time were recruited for the MP, including such luminaries as John Von Neumann, Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner, J. Robert Oppenheim, Enrico Fermi, Edward Teller, Niels Bohr, and many others.

    Ralph Adamo on May 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm

While a Marine during the 80’s we went to Anzio for memorial service. It was the first time since WW2 that American ships docked at their port. President Bush (the 1st one) was there with his wife and even came aboard the ships to meet the troops. The local people were fantastic, very supportive and friendly. Unlike other ports in the Mediterranean that are just awful (prostitution, crime, antiamerican), Anzio was great.

ender on May 27, 2014 at 10:19 am

My dad still alive today, served in the South Pacific on a mine sweeper. He even was part of operation Crossroads the Bikini A Bomb test. Unfortunately they confiscated his pictures of the test. Yet he did bring back some other photos that are interesting to look at.

One time a fellow soldier on his boat called my dad an anti semetic name. My father proceeded to throw the guy over board. They brought the guy back into the boat after he had a long bout of crying.

Glen Benjamin on May 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Excellent historical documentation….as usual.

Joseph Bongiovi M.D. on May 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

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