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American Jewish Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen

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  • Gen. David E. Twiggs, CSA (1790 - 1862)
    David Emanuel Twiggs was a United States soldier during the War of 1812 and Mexican-American War and a general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was the oldest Confederat...
  • Herman Wallerstein (1839 - 1922)
    Herman arrived in America from Frankfurt, Germany in 1857 at Griffin,Georgia. Herman became a US citizen as a minor in July 28, 1870. He fought in the civil war. In the war between the states, ...
  • Louis Lief (1898 - 1977)
    Served in the US Navy for at least 10 years including during WW1. He was a gunner's mate on several different types of vessels in the Atlantic and the Pacific.
  • Bernard Lifschitz (1897 - 1982)
    US Navy Veteran from WWI.
  • William A Lief (1893 - 1967)
    US Veteran from WWI. He was a botanist. He studied at Oxford University in England. He lived in Pennsylvania for part of his adult life.

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.


United States Army

United States Navy

United States Air Force

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

United States Marine Corps