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American Jewish Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen

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  • Sgt. William Shemin, Medal of Honor (1896 - 1973)
    Biography and Medal of Honor Citation on United States Army website Shemin, a Jewish sergeant who lied about his age in order to serve, eventually led a platoon in battle where for three days he ra...
  • Leonhard Dornberger (1815 - 1862)
  • Isador Eisenstadt (1842 - 1916)
    Isador Eisenstadt arrived in the United States as a teenager, and fought for the Union, patrolling the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio. After the war was over, he moved to Chicago, where he and many me...
  • Leonard Nimoy (1931 - 2015)
    Leonard Simon Nimoy (/ˈniːmɔɪ/ nee-moy; born March 26, 1931) is an American actor, film director, poet, singer and eminent photographer. Nimoy is best known for his role of ...
  • Harold S. Helfgott (1925 - 1944)
    Name: Harold S Helfgott Inducted From: New York Rank: Private First Class Combat Organization: 411th Infantry 103rd Division Death Date: 11 Dec 1944 Monument: Epimal, France Last Known Status: M...

American Jews have served in the Armed Forces of the United States since at least the Revolutionary War. As more Jews immigrated to the United States more and more served in America's various wars- including an estimated 500,000 during World War II. Throughout America's history Jews have served as General Officers and Admirals as well as in other officer and enlisted ranks; and the Medal of Honor has been awarded to over 30 members of the armed forces of Jewish descent (they can be found here: Jewish Medal of Honor Recipients.

Although most of the names currently listed below are General and Flag Officers, this project is intended to catalog all Jews who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

An excellent reference work that is useful for the identification and cataloging of Jewish military service members is The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen by Simon Wolf published by Gregg Press Boston 1972 in cooperation with the Boston Public Library in their American Revolutionary Series. This book covers service members identified as Jewish by name from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. Originally published by The Levytype Company Philadelphia 1895. Copyright 1895. ISBN 0-8398-2179-4. The book contains detailed profiles of many high ranking officers as well as lists of men by State and Unit. There is no index of names of individual service members. Both Union and Confederate units and states are included.


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  • General Norton Allen Schwartz
  • Lieutenant General Jack Weinstein
  • Sergeant John L. Levitow

United States Marine Corps