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Ditto our museum’s remarks.
09/30/2023

Ditto our museum’s remarks.

Chag Sukkot Sameach! American soldiers stationed at the Panama Canal build a Sukkah in Colon, Panama, 1944. Photo from Harry Aizenstat Collection.

Can’t say it any better than higher HQs🙂
09/24/2023

Can’t say it any better than higher HQs🙂

From and National Museum of American Jewish Military History -

May Yom Kippur be a day of fasting, repentance, and self-examination.

G’mar Chatima Tovah - “A good final seal”

A person’s fate for the coming year is written on Rosh Hashanah and sealed on Yom Kippur

May you have a meaningful fast.

Meet our new National JWV leaders.
09/14/2023

Meet our new National JWV leaders.

09/05/2023

The half-hour mission drained all their ammo and nearly their fuel in one of the most daring rescues of the Vietnam War.

At the National Commander’s Banquet - from Left to Right:  Incoming National Vice Commander Gary Ginsberg, Illinois Depa...
08/31/2023

At the National Commander’s Banquet - from Left to Right: Incoming National Vice Commander Gary Ginsberg, Illinois Department Commander Bruce Mayor, Incoming National Commander Barry Lischinsky, PNC Jeffrey Sacks, Chaplain Dovid Grossman.

An interesting quick read from our friends at the Natl Museum of the USAF.
08/11/2023

An interesting quick read from our friends at the Natl Museum of the USAF.

It’s time for Tour the Vault Tuesday!
Before his historic flight as pilot of the “Enola Gay,” Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr (center) could not get his
men to willingly fly the B-29. Unlike its predecessors, the Superfortress was hastily taken from the
design to final product and had more than its fair share of issues (including its engines regularly catching fire). So, he recruited elsewhere.
Soon Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Dorothea Johnson Moorman (left) and Dora Dougherty
Strother (right) were piloting the heavy bomber “Ladybird,” complete with Fifinella, their unit emblem,
painted on the side. The two women performed demonstration tours by ferrying pilots, crew chiefs, and navigators around New Mexico. The experiment got Lt. Col. Tibbets the result he wanted. With their
self-image on the line, the men stepped up in response to the challenge and, with a new eagerness,
discovered the aircraft not a formidable foe but a smooth, almost delicate friend in the air.
August 2023 is the 80th Anniversary of the establishment of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). The program lasted from August 1943 to December 1944, with more than 1,000 female civilian pilots who flew every aircraft in the US Army Air Forces.

07/09/2023

Ben Salomon was a dentist thrust into combat on Saipan defending patients with 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division on July 7, 1944. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor - https://nmajmh.org/.../hall-of-heroes/world-war-ii/866-2/.

Citation:
Captain Ben L. Salomon was serving at Saipan, in the Marianas Islands on July 7, 1944, as the Surgeon for the 2d Battalion, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division. The Regiment's 1st and 2d Battalions were attacked by an overwhelming force estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 Japanese soldiers. It was one of the largest attacks attempted in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Although both units fought furiously, the enemy soon penetrated the Battalions' combined perimeter and inflicted overwhelming casualties. In the first minutes of the attack, approximately 30 wounded soldiers walked, crawled, or were carried into Captain Salomon's aid station, and the small tent soon filled with wounded men. As the perimeter began to be overrun, it became increasingly difficult for Captain Salomon to work on the wounded. He then saw a Japanese soldier bayoneting one of the wounded soldiers lying near the tent. Firing from a squatting position, Captain Salomon quickly killed the enemy soldier. Then, as he turned his attention back to the wounded, two more Japanese soldiers appeared in the front entrance of the tent. As these enemy soldiers were killed, four more crawled under the tent walls. Rushing them, Captain Salomon kicked the knife out of the hand of one, shot another, and bayoneted a third. Captain Salomon butted the fourth enemy soldier in the stomach and a wounded comrade then shot and killed the enemy soldier.
Realizing the gravity of the situation, Captain Salomon ordered the wounded to make their way as best they could back to the regimental aid station, while he attempted to hold off the enemy until they were clear. Captain Salomon then grabbed a rifle from one of the wounded and rushed out of the tent.
After four men were killed while manning a machine gun, Captain Salomon took control of it. When his body was later found, 98 dead enemy soldiers were piled in front...

And from NMAJMH:
07/04/2023

And from NMAJMH:

Independence DayOn July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, an...
07/04/2023

Independence Day

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain. The Constitution provides the legal and governmental framework for the United States, however, the Declaration, with its eloquent assertion “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” is equally beloved by the American people.

Haven’t read it in while?

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript

Happy 97th Birthday to Mel Brooks (June 28th, 1926).  In 1944, Mel, then 17-year-old Melvin Kaminsky, served as an Army ...
06/29/2023

Happy 97th Birthday to Mel Brooks (June 28th, 1926). In 1944, Mel, then 17-year-old Melvin Kaminsky, served as an Army Combat Engineer during the Battle of the Bulge and in subsequent combat operations with the 1104th Combat Engineer Group.

Some good Mel Brooks quotes:

"I was a Combat Engineer. Isn’t that ridiculous? The two things I hate most in the world are combat and engineering.”

“War isn’t hell," he observed. “War is loud. Much too noisy. All those shells and bombs going off all around you. Never mind death. A man could lose his hearing.”

Asked in the past for his key to longevity Brooks replied replied, “Don't die!”

For more info on his WW2 experiences: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjDjI_cm-j_AhWMOEQIHc91C64QFnoECDMQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.historynet.com%2Fmel-brooks-goes-to-war%2F&usg=AOvVaw0CFbhBnBjpXL-qhiIV5_ON&opi=89978449

Happy Birthday US Army🎂🎉🥳🎊
06/14/2023

Happy Birthday US Army🎂🎉🥳🎊

79 years ago today D-Day commenced.  The term ‘D-Day’ is the date on which operations would begin, whatever date that wa...
06/06/2023

79 years ago today D-Day commenced. The term ‘D-Day’ is the date on which operations would begin, whatever date that was. The day before D-Day was known as ‘D-1’, while the day after D-Day was ‘D+1’, and so on. This meant that if the date changed all other dates in the plan did not have to be corrected. The armed forces also used the term ‘H-Hour’ for the start time. To those of us that are older though, D-Day is and was the Allied assault of the beaches at Normandy, France during WWII.

Even before the first men had come ashore for the Allied assault on Normandy on June 6th, 1944, Lieutenant Robert Halperin of the U.S. Navy had been at work on the beaches. Halperin was attached to Assault Force “U.” His job was to mark the landing sites for the assault infantry. Halperin succes...

Officers of the Department attended an Israeli Consulate reception celebrating Israel’s 75th Anniversary as a nation.   ...
06/06/2023

Officers of the Department attended an Israeli Consulate reception celebrating Israel’s 75th Anniversary as a nation.

We mourn with Israel.
06/04/2023

We mourn with Israel.

Following the tragic incident earlier today, where three IDF soldiers lost their lives on the Egyptian border, the name of the third soldier, Staff Sgt. Ori Izhak Iluz (Z"l), has now been made public.

Staff Sgt. Ori (20), served as a combat soldier in the FIDF-adopted Bardelas Battalion. Tragically, he was killed by the assailant while carrying out a routine activity at a military post along the Egyptian border.

During this difficult time, FIDF expresses its heartfelt condolences to Staff Sgt. Ori's family and loved ones. We join in mourning his untimely passing and hope his memory will always be cherished.

We mourn with Israel.
06/04/2023

We mourn with Israel.

Earlier today (Saturday), three IDF soldiers were killed by an assailant on the Egyptian border.

In the early morning, while guarding a military post, Sgt. Lia Ben Nun (Z"l) and another IDF soldier were killed by the attacker, who opened fire at them. Later, when IDF soldiers arrived to search for the assailant, there was an exchange of fire, in which Ssgt. Ohad Dahan was killed, and an IDF non-commissioned officer was lightly injured. The suspect was neutralized.

Both Staff Sgt. Ohad (20) and Sgt. Lia (19) served in FIDF-adopted units - the Karakal and the Bardelas combat battalions, which we embrace and support. With heavy hearts, we mourn these three courageous souls, who made the ultimate sacrifice, and send our deepest condolences to their families and friends. Additionally, FIDF wishes the injured soldier a swift and complete recovery.

May the memory of the fallen forever be a blessing.

This article is of interest to Jewish Veterans and the Jewish Community as a whole.
05/30/2023

This article is of interest to Jewish Veterans and the Jewish Community as a whole.

Many Jewish veterans of WWII were mistakenly given Christian gravestones. Operation Benjamin is trying to fix that.

05/28/2023

Shavuah Tov. Sharing the Memorial Day Message from our National Commander Nelson Mellitz.

05/26/2023

On Shavuot, may the light of Torah shine for us all. Chag Sameach! Happy Shavuot!

05/16/2023

Join us for a special online event as we honor Jewish Medal of Honor recipient William Shemin and his legacy in the greater Jewish American narrative. The event features presentations by experts on the Medal of Honor and Shemin's life, as well as personal insights from his daughter, Elisie Shemin-Roth. Award-winning writer and editor Sandee Brawarsky moderates the event. Take advantage of this enlightening celebration of Jewish American heritage!

Details and tickets https://jewishamericanheritage.org/events/william-shemin/

PNC Jeff Sacks of the Department of Illinois shared some pics of the 33rd JWV Allied Veterans’ Mission to Israel, 20-30 ...
05/05/2023

PNC Jeff Sacks of the Department of Illinois shared some pics of the 33rd JWV Allied Veterans’ Mission to Israel, 20-30 April 2023, which took place over Israel’s 75th Anniversary.

80 years ago the Warsaw Uprising began.  Good quick read if you have time.
04/19/2023

80 years ago the Warsaw Uprising began. Good quick read if you have time.

In Warsaw and elsewhere, some groups of Jews organized to fight the N***s. By Yisrael Guttman

WW2 Battle of the Budge Jewish Army Veteran and Nuremberg N**i War Crimes Prosecutor Ben Ferencz has died at 103-years-o...
04/09/2023

WW2 Battle of the Budge Jewish Army Veteran and Nuremberg N**i War Crimes Prosecutor Ben Ferencz has died at 103-years-old. A life well lived.

Ben Ferencz tried N***s for genocidal war crimes and was among the first outside witnesses to document the atrocities of N**i labor and concentration camps.

Past Department Commander Stan Nathanson of JWV Post 29 was honored today at the Combined Veterans Association of Illino...
04/02/2023

Past Department Commander Stan Nathanson of JWV Post 29 was honored today at the Combined Veterans Association of Illinois “Person of the Year” Award Banquet.

Liberated March 30th, 1945 - Ranking Non Commissioned Officer Prisoner of War Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds replied “We...
03/30/2023

Liberated March 30th, 1945 - Ranking Non Commissioned Officer Prisoner of War Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds replied “We are all Jews here” became righteous among the nations at Stalag IX-A responding to the German Camp Commanders request to have all his fellow Jewish POWs be separated from the other POWs so they could be taken elsewhere.

Thinking back a half century.
03/29/2023

Thinking back a half century.

On National Vietnam War Veterans Day, we honor the legacy of the millions who served our nation during the Vietnam War. On March 29, 1973, the last American combat troops left Vietnam. More than three million Americans served in-country during the war and 58,281 men and women made the ultimate sacrifice. We continue to lose Vietnam veterans every day as a result of the war’s lingering effects.

Many Vietnam veterans returned home to a divided country and, at times, little to no respect for their service. Today, we honor all they gave for their country. Together, we will continue to show our gratitude for our Vietnam veterans and work to ensure their service and sacrifices are never forgotten.

To our Vietnam veterans, “Thank you for your service and Welcome Home!” https://bit.ly/3cvLSv1

Please consider donating to our ongoing fundraiser to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Wall: https://bit.ly/36Q7v8E

This new awareness campaign courtesy of Robert Kraft, the 81-year-old New England Patriots owner who knows we Jews are t...
03/27/2023

This new awareness campaign courtesy of Robert Kraft, the 81-year-old New England Patriots owner who knows we Jews are the proverbial Canary in the Coal Mine test for hate.

“Antisemitism is not just the Jewish community’s issue. It’s everybody’s. Retweet this video with #🟦 to show your support. ”

On March 15th, 1896 63 Jewish Union Vets of the Civil War first met and formed the Hebrew Union Veterans Association whi...
03/15/2023

On March 15th, 1896 63 Jewish Union Vets of the Civil War first met and formed the Hebrew Union Veterans Association which grew and eventually became JWV of the USA. This photo circa 1912 of the HUVA has some of those guys in it.

May you live to be 120 - he’s close.
03/15/2023

May you live to be 120 - he’s close.

WPAOG and the Long Gray Line would like to wish our oldest living graduate, BG (R) Paul D. Phillips ’40 a very happy 105th birthday today! A few WPAOG staff members visited him this morning to wish him a happy birthday.

Phillips entered the Academy in 1936 from Denver, Colorado during the Great Depression. Known as “Phipes” to his classmates as a cadet, he was known as an “outstanding company athlete” and graduated as a Cadet Sergeant. Commissioned in the Field Artillery upon graduation, he was stationed in the Philippines after the Field Artillery Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK. He fought in the Battle of the Philippines on Mindanao and was taken prisoner in 1942 after the Japanese invaded Cebu and General Sharp surrendered. As a POW, General Phillips traveled from Mindanao to Luzon, then to Japan in January 1945, to Pusan, Korea in April, finally ending up in a prison camp near Mukden in Manchuria. During one move he and his fellow POWs were loaded onto two different ships that were bombed by the U.S. forces, unaware that they contained their fellow servicemembers. The prisoners were rescued mid-August of 1945 in Manchuria by a 5-person team that included one of Phillips’ classmates, James Hennessy. After WWII, BG Phillips served as a gunnery instructor at the Field Artillery School and graduated from Command and General Staff College in 1951.

He then commanded the 27th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, served in the Civil Affairs Division at Headquarters, United States Army Europe, and was the Personnel Officer for the 2nd Armored Division. After graduating from Armed Forces Staff College in 1955, he was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations until 1959.

After graduating from the National War College in 1960, he served as the Deputy Commander of I Corps Artillery in Korea. He then was on the Staff & Faculty of the Air War College and earned his Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. His final military assignment was with the Office of the Army Chief of Staff, and he retired in 1966. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, two Purple Hearts, and the Army Commendation Ribbon. In his 25th anniversary Howitzer entry BG Phillips gave this advice to new 2LTs: “Get your troop duty in early or you’ll miss it!”

After retirement from active duty, he worked as the Deputy Head of Research for Analysis Corporation and as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army until 1979. In 1978 he was awarded the Castle Award by the West Point Society of DC. General Phillips currently resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

He married Rita Anne Ruzicka during June Week right after graduation, and they had three children together. Rita died in 1991 after over fifty years of marriage. At various times in his life BG Phillips was active in tennis, squash, fishing, skiing, hiking, and supporting the Boy Scouts. In March 2009 BG Phillips completed a Veterans History Project oral history interview (located here: https://archives.dcl.org/digital/collection/doh/id/680/).

In 2010, BG Phillips donated his West Point class ring to the Class Ring Memorial Program. As a consequence, all USMA graduates from the Class of 2011 onward have a piece of the current Oldest Living Graduate’s ring in their own rings - the Long Gray Line literally gripping hands through the decades.

General Phillips, thank you for your service to our nation and we congratulate you on reaching this milestone birthday!



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From the VFW, DEPT. of ILLINOIS  Please take a moment to fill out a witness slip honoring our Vietnam Veterans in Illino...
03/12/2023

From the VFW, DEPT. of ILLINOIS

Please take a moment to fill out a witness slip honoring our Vietnam Veterans in Illinois. Show our legislators we care.
This is not a bill but a resolution honoring Vietnam Veterans. This is also great practice filling out a witness slip for when we need real help on important bills.

Illinois House Resolution HR104

https://my.ilga.gov/WitnessSlip/Create/149345?committeeHearingId=19914&LegislationId=149345&LegislationDocumentId=185987

Synopsis As Introduced Declares March 29, 2023 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day in the State of Illinois.

Witness slip instructions:
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�?� Address: Add either your home or work address
�?� Firm/Business or Agency: Post & Location if none Self.
�?� Title: Mr. Mrs. Miss. Ms.
�?� Email: Personal or work
�?� Persons, groups firms represented in this appearance: Self, please do not put down an organization unless you are authorized by department.
�?� Position: Proponent
�?� HFA2 Testimony: Record of Appearance Only
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Thank You for your support!

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Interesting short Bio of WW2 Vet & actor Lee Marvin.
03/10/2023

Interesting short Bio of WW2 Vet & actor Lee Marvin.

Today’s is Marine Corps Veteran Lee Marvin, who served as a sniper during World War II before becoming a successful actor.

55 years ago
03/09/2023

55 years ago

3/9/1968 - Kien Phong, Vietnam. Jack Jacobs earned the Medal of Honor.
Citation:
Capt. Jacobs (then 1st Lt.), Infantry, distinguished himself while serving as assistant battalion advisor, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam. The 2d Battalion was advancing to contact when it came under intense heavy machine gun and mortar fire from a Viet Cong battalion positioned in well fortified bunkers. As the 2d Battalion deployed into attack formation its advance was halted by devastating fire. Jacobs, with the command element of the lead company, called for and directed air strikes on the enemy positions to facilitate a renewed attack. Due to the intensity of the enemy fire and heavy casualties to the command group, including the company commander, the attack stopped and the friendly troops became disorganized. Although wounded by mortar fragments, Jacobs assumed command of the allied company, ordered a withdrawal from the exposed position and established a defensive perimeter. Despite profuse bleeding from head wounds which impaired his vision, Jacobs, with complete disregard for his safety, returned under intense fire to evacuate a seriously wounded advisor to the safety of a wooded area where he administered lifesaving first aid. He then returned through heavy automatic weapons fire to evacuate the wounded company commander. Jacobs made repeated trips across the fire-swept open rice paddies evacuating wounded and their weapons. On 3 separate occasions, Jacobs contacted and drove off Viet Cong squads who were searching for allied wounded and weapons, single-handedly killing 3 and wounding several others. His gallant actions and extraordinary heroism saved the lives of 1 U.S. advisor and 13 allied soldiers… the allied company was restored to an effective fighting unit and prevented defeat of the friendly forces by a strong and determined enemy. Capt. Jacobs, by his gallantry and bravery in action in the highest traditions of the military service, has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army. https://nmajmh.org/.../hall-of.../vietnam-war/jack-jacobs/

Our JWV National Commander Nelson Mellitz spoke in front of Congress today along with leaders of other major veterans or...
03/09/2023

Our JWV National Commander Nelson Mellitz spoke in front of Congress today along with leaders of other major veterans organizations. Enclosed is a link to his testimony(his testimony starts at 1:56)

Interesting Shabbat Read, either way “Remember the Alamo”.
03/04/2023

Interesting Shabbat Read, either way “Remember the Alamo”.

Read the tall Texas tale of Louis Moses Rose, said to be the only man to get out of the Alamo alive. He was Jewish. Or was he?

Hooah Colonel (Retired) Davis, a 58 year wait no doubt due to prejudice, but just as deserving of this recognition today...
03/04/2023

Hooah Colonel (Retired) Davis, a 58 year wait no doubt due to prejudice, but just as deserving of this recognition today as in 1965.

As an Army captain in 1965 during the Vietnam War, Paris D. Davis rescued two of his fellow Americans who were "incapacitated" during combat with the enemy.

NC Mellitz and several other JWV’rs participated in this Shabbaton this weekend.  As you may or may not be able to tell ...
02/27/2023

NC Mellitz and several other JWV’rs participated in this Shabbaton this weekend. As you may or may not be able to tell from the uniforms, there was participation from officers from Canada, Holland and Israel too. Rumor is appx 10 of the participants are now new members of JWV.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY  February 23 February 23, 1945: During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Pla...
02/23/2023

THIS DAY IN HISTORY February 23

February 23, 1945: During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment of the 5th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island’s highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag.

Marine photographer Louis Lowery was with them and recorded the event. Americans fighting for control of Suribachi’s slopes cheered the raising of the flag, and several hours later more Marines headed up to the crest with a larger flag. Joe Rosenthal, a photographer with the Associated Press, met them along the way and recorded the raising of the second flag along with a Marine still photographer and a motion-picture cameraman.

Rosenthal took three photographs atop Suribachi. The first, which showed six Marines struggling to hoist the heavy flag pole, became the most reproduced photograph in history and won him a Pulitzer Prize.

The accompanying motion-picture footage attests to the fact that the picture was not posed. Of the other two photos, the second was similar to the first but less affecting, and the third was a group picture of 18 Marines smiling and waving for the camera.

Many of these men, including three of the Marines seen raising the flag in the famous Rosenthal photo, were killed before the conclusion of the Battle for Iwo Jima in late March.

In early 1945, U.S. military command sought to gain control of the island of Iwo Jima in advance of the projected aerial campaign against the Japanese home islands.

Iwo Jima, a tiny volcanic island located in the Pacific about 700 miles southeast of Japan, was to be a base for fighter aircraft and an emergency-landing site for bombers. On February 19, 1945, after three days of heavy naval and aerial bombardment, the first wave of U.S. Marines stormed onto Iwo Jima’s inhospitable shores.

The Japanese garrison on the island numbered 22,000 heavily entrenched men. Their commander, General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, had been expecting an Allied invasion for months and used the time wisely to construct an intricate and deadly system of underground tunnels, fortifications, and artillery that withstood the initial Allied bombardment.

By the evening of the first day, despite incessant mortar fire, 30,000 U.S. Marines commanded by General Holland Smith managed to establish a solid beachhead.

During the next few days, the Marines advanced inch by inch under heavy fire from Japanese artillery and suffered suicidal charges from the Japanese infantry. Many of the Japanese defenders were never seen and remained underground manning artillery until they were blown apart by a gr***de or rocket, or incinerated by a flame thrower.

While Japanese kamikaze flyers slammed into the Allied naval fleet around Iwo Jima, the Marines on the island continued their bloody advance across the island, responding to Kuribayashi’s lethal defenses with remarkable endurance.

On February 23, the crest of 550-foot Mount Suribachi was taken, and the next day the slopes of the extinct volcano were secured.

By March 3, U.S. forces controlled all three airfields on the island, and on March 26 the last Japanese defenders on Iwo Jima were wiped out.

Only 200 of the original 22,000 Japanese defenders were captured alive. More than 6,000 Americans died taking Iwo Jima, and some 17,000 were wounded.

Remembering “Operation Homecoming” / 50 years agoAfter spending more than five years in a North Vietnamese camp, Lt. Col...
02/17/2023

Remembering “Operation Homecoming” / 50 years ago

After spending more than five years in a North Vietnamese camp, Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm is reunited with his family at Travis AFB, March 13, 1973. Burst of Joy is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Associated Press photographer Slava “Sal” Veder. The photograph came to symbolize the end of United States involvement in the Vietnam War, and the prevailing sentiment that military personnel and their families could begin a process of healing after enduring the horrors of war.

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MEMORIAL MINYAN NEEDED THIS MONDAY

Sidney Kulek, 88, of Lombard, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones.

Sid honorably served as a sergeant in the army during the Korean War. He was a true patriot.

Interment will be at
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL
at 1PM, Monday, August 16th

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
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Elwood, IL 60421

Please RSVP to Ch Dovid Grossman is you can commit to helping the minyan.

in 1944, Allied troops landed along a stretch of fortified coastline to fight N**i Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion. By day’s end, the Allies gained a foothold in Continental Europe.

D-Day, code-named “Operation Overlord,” was the largest seaborne invasion in history and the June 6 Normandy landings were a resounding success for the Allies.

Watch as Dr. Rob Havers, President & CEO of American Civil War Museum, shares Winston Churchill's wartime legacy.

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The final months of WWII were some of the most tumultuous in US history.
Watch as Dr. Kristen Burton, Teacher Programs and Curriculum Specialist at The National WWII Museum discusses this riveting moment in time period history.

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Over the summer, U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) Krewasky A. Salter, Executive Director of First Division Museum at Cantigny, joined us virtually to chronicle the 1st Infantry Division’s legendary military involvement from the Battle of the Bulge to the occupation of Germany.

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Tomorrow, in advance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, on 12/3, join us to hear from Daniel Martinez, chief historian for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, as he shares unique insights about the historic details surrounding this infamous event.
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"The day that will live on in infamy” was the seminal phrase President Franklin D. Roosevelt used in his historic address to describe the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Immediately following his speech, the US Congress voted to declare war on Japan.

In advance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, join us on Dec. 3 to hear unique insights about historic details surrounding these infamous events from Daniel Martinez, chief historian for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

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“Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland—What’s New” will be Mike Karsen’s webinar topic for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. The webinar begins at 2 p.m. CDT, preceded at 1 p.m. by a genealogy Q&A discussion. Register at
Join Ari Shapiro, Award-winning journalist and weekday co-host of NPR All Things Considered, on 10/18 for a not-to-be-missed event Clifton Truman Daniel, Mary Jean Eisenhower, and Scott Roosevelt as they reflect on the legacies three of America’s most well-known Presidents left for them – and for the world.

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On 10/18, hear from the descendants of Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Franklin D. Roosevelt as they share little-known stories from three of America’s most well-known Presidents and reflect on the legacies their grandfathers and great-grandfathers left for them – and for the world.

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In the final months of WWII, an unprepared Harry S. Truman became president, the war in Europe was ending, and the war in the Pacific raged on.

Hear more about this tumultuous time in US history during our virtual lunch & learn tomorrow at noon.
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As Allied forces continued to liberate nations under Axis control and fighting in the Pacific Theater raged on, Franklin Roosevelt’s sudden death forced an unprepared Harry S. Truman into the presidency.

On 8/14, gain insight into the final moments of WWII with Dr. Kristen Burton, Teacher Programs and Curriculum Specialist at The National WWII Museum.
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