http://www.aleph-institute.org/history-of-jews-in-the-us-military.html

This is a great article about Jews serving in the US military.

Today, Jewish men and women in the military are valiantly continuing the tradition of serving in our country’s military. They are in Afghanistan, Iraq and Haiti as a part of America’s Armed Forces. Some have given their lives, many have been wounded and others have been recognized for bravery with medals and decorations.

David “Mickey” Marcus is a hero who fought for the two countries he loved, America and Israel. He graduated from West Point in 1924. (He went to Law school and became a lawyer) Marcus went back into the Army with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was appointed a divisional judge advocate and later a division commander. When the Allies decided to invade Normandy, Marcus volunteered to join the D-Day airborne assault. With no previous training, he joined the paratroopers and parachuted into Normandy.

In 1945, Marcus joined General Lucius D. Clay’s staff to help oversee a military government in Germany after the Nazis’ defeat. Marcus was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star and British decorations.

He couldn’t forget entering the Dachau concentration camp, at the head of a tank column, seeing the living and the dead Jews. He resolved that he would help Israel survive so that Jews would have a place to live there if they chose.

When he retired as a colonel, the Hagganah contacted him and asked him to build up their fledgling army. He accepted the offer and they gave him the rank of alluf (brigadier general). While inspecting the Israeli security lines, he was accidentally shot and killed, being mistaken for the enemy. He was buried in the West Point Cemetery with full military honors.

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Comment by Eric Walters on December 15, 2010 at 4:38pm

Of course, there's the other side of the coin, sadly.  Marine Corps legend Lieutenant General Victor Krulak did everything possible to hide his Jewish ancestry from everyone once he entered the U.S. Naval Academy and went on to become a Marine; two of his sons ended up as Episcopal priests.  Ironically, the other son, who became Commandant of the Marine Corps, is alleged to be the inspiration for the protagonist's best friend in John Irving's A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY since both attended Phillips Exeter Academy together.  That novel begins, "I am a Christian because of Owen Meany."  

Victor Krulak, attributed by many to be the Marine Corps' most important leader and historical figure, is characterized by his biographer, Robert Coram, to hide his Jewish identity for fear of ostracism/exclusion in the very clubby U.S. interwar military and refused to discuss his origins to any degree of detail throughout his life.  Coram's biography sheds light on this part of the senior General Krulak's life that had long been kept quiet.  

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