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Hi from Judie Rice in Torrance
I have worked in this upcoming subject area, personally, in honor of my father, and several uncles who were members of the U.S. Army (one Navy)and (one Air Force)........to have them registered in the Washington Museum of Jewish Military....(I can't recall the exact name of the Museum..JWV connected etc.).
Before covid, my brother, nieces and I went to Yad Vashem with an appointment to present photos and stories for archiving on my dad's history. He was an immigrant from Lomza Gybernia in 1923, when at age 16, he and his father came thru Ellis Island. He later enlisted in the Army before WWII...stationed at Madison Barracks/Camp Drum, in Sackets Harbor/Watertown,NY. He was responsible for the sharpshooter rifle brigade, as well as the mounted service, and soccer teams, and then even made Fire Chief for the on-base firehouse. He was told that was one of his assignments as he was the one soldier who wasn't out drinking evenings and weekends...always making a smile from that comment.
His enlistment ended and then he was drafted into the Army, training at Ft. Bragg in No.Carolina before being shipped overseas to Germany....and again in sharpshooter activity, as well as being the driver/escort/translator for officers going to various sites to interrogate German was prisoners, as he was fluent in German/Russian/Hebrew/Yiddish/English and a bit more.
Our story about our dad was welcomed at Yad Vashem as they were, and still are, very interested in collecting data and memorabilia particularly about European immigrants to America before WWII, who then enlisted and/or were drafted into the American military....and so we donated our photographs along with stories, as well as the many photographs of our paternal grandparents and my dad's siblings.
Small aside..when our researcher asked for details on our Dad's military troop numbers, he stopped short, and said in quick remarks...
"Did you say he was from unit, troops,company ????? etc."......and I replied yes as I began handing over the government notices and military records...and he jumped up from his desk (young man) and literally ran into an adjoining office, opened a file drawer and began shuffling through boxes and files.......coming out smiling as he remarked that just the week or so before our appointment, another family handed in the paperwork on their family's immigrant who served in the exact same battalion/troop etc............small world, very bright young man doing the intake, with a powerful memory, and so excited at the coincidence.
I've simply Googled the name of his 'company' when he served actively in Germany, as well as the name(s) of the towns ...and up came hundreds of photos and maps etc., which I have pored over several times...but haven't spotted my father. :)
I'll try and watch the JGS program next week...but just thought this was all coincidental.
Judie Cynkus Rice
From: Avraham Groll <agroll@...>
Sent: Thu, Nov 4, 2021 5:22 pm
Subject: [Special] [JewishGen.org] Next JewishGen Webinar: Jews in the US Military #JewishGenUpdates #education #usa
The entire JewishGen community is invited to join us for our next free JewishGen Talks webinar:
Topic: Jews in the US Military
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Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
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Join us for Researching Jewish Families in America, a special series of JewishGen Talks highlighting archives, museums, and historical society collections of interest to family historians. This talk will focus on researching Jews who served in the U.S. Military, and will feature resources and guidance on finding records to document military participation. Speakers include: Pamela Elbe (Director of Collections, Archives and Exhibits, National Museum of American Jewish Military History), Rachel Silverman (Genealogist, Operation Benjamin), Eliza Kolander (Strategic Partnership Manager, The Shapell Roster of Jewish Service in the American Civil War), and Ellen Kowitt (National Vice Chair, Jewish Task Force, Daughters of the American Revolution & Director, JewishGen USA Research Division).
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