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In the Service

Large numbers of Jews fought for the United States and for fellow Jews in Europe.

Image of Lester Dawidow Lester Dawidow was so anxious to serve in the armed forces that his mother changed his birth certificate so he could enlist at 16 years of age.
Lester Dawidow
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Image of Ruben Iden Ruben Iden, a pilot in the Marine Corps, may have been Detroit's first Jewish casualty. The former Golden Gloves boxer and football star was 24 years old when he died at Guadalcanal.
Ruben Iden
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Image of Benno Levi in the Pacific Theater Benno Levi (left) won the Silver Star for heroism in Guam and the Bronze Star in Okinawa.
Benno Levi in the Pacific Theater
Courtesy Benno Levi
 

Image of Ethel Grossman in Fiji
Ethel Grossman (middle window, right) was part of a hospital unit at Fiji Islands that used tents and warehouses to care for casualties from Guadalcanal and naval battles.
Ethel Grossman in Fiji
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Image of Lieutenant Randolph Newman The youngest pilot in the U.S. Navy and an M.S.U. alumnus, Lieutenant Randolph Newman flew combat missions in the Pacific theater on the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, receiving various decorations.
Lieutenant Randolph Newman
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Image of Oscar Cook's family Oscar Cook's family sees him off to naval duty. All who served in the war brought with them the love, memories, and support of family and friends at home.
Oscar Cook's family
Courtesy Jerry Cook
 
Image of William Davidson served on destroyers in the Pacific Image of Lieutenant Morris Serwin, photographer with the Army signal corps
William Davidson served on destroyers in the Pacific
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Lieutenant Morris Serwin, photographer with the Army signal corps
Courtesy Sylvia and Morris Serwin
Image of Pilot Myron Rosenthal with his crew Pilot Myron Rosenthal with his crew
Pilot Myron Rosenthal with his crew
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Image of Henry Garfinkel flew 55 B25 missions over France and Germany
Image of Steven Victor, 18-year-old cameraman on a B17 in France, Germany and Senegal
Henry Garfinkel flew 55 B25 missions over France and Germany.
Courtesy Henry Garfield
Steven Victor, 18-year-old cameraman on a B17 in France, Germany and Senegal
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Image of Joseph Landau During an intense battle, Private First Class Graham Landau left the safety of his foxhole and, under fire, helped wounded comrades to safety.
Joseph Landau
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Image of Staff Sergeant Ben Paxton
Staff Sergeant Ben Paxton, along with many other Michigan Jewish servicemen, fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Staff Sergeant Ben Paxton
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Image of Gerald Sklar, U.S. Army, fought at Anzio  
Gerald Sklar, U.S. Army, fought at Anzio
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Image of Joseph Kramer, POW Joe Kramer, U.S. Army, was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge.
Joseph Kramer, POW
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Image of Horowitz and Shapiro Master Sergeant Josh Horowitz and Major Jack Shapiro were part of a US Army division that liberated Rome.
Horowitz and Shapiro
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