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American Jewish Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen

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  • Edwin H Loewus (1894 - 1929)
    Fought during World War I. Was associated with Eddie Rickenbacker. Member of Bronx Lodge 871 B.P.O Elks.
  • Frederick Loewus (1923 - 2006)
    Frederick Loewus was a B-25 Pilot in the 321stBG,447thBS; 1Lt Frederick Loewus flew 36 combat missions during WWII.
  • Dr. Simon Baruch (1840 - 1921)
    Simon Baruch (1840–1921) was a German immigrant of Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity who came with his family to the United States in 1855. He studied medicine, became a doctor, and served as a surgeon...
  • Samuel Berwin (1831 - 1913)
    Samuel Berwin was born in the small town of Babimost Bomst in Poland, somewhat near the border with Germany. He came to the United States shortly before the civil war. He served in the NY 54th voluntee...
  • Uriah Phillips Levy, USN (1792 - 1862)
    The first Jewish Commodore of the United States Navy, a veteran of the War of 1812 and a major philanthropist. At the time, Commodore was the highest rank obtainable in the U.S. Navy and would be rough...

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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United States Navy

United States Air Force

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

United States Marine Corps