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Jewish Biographies: Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration an American servicemember can recieve for outstanding heroism and bravery in battle. It is bestowed by the President upon a soldier in any of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty."

The Medal of Honor has been awarded to 3,459 servicemembers.
At least 16 Jewish soldiers have been awarded the medal.

American Civil War
Abraham Cohn
Leopold Karpeles
Benjamin Levy
David Urbansky

Haiti
Samuel Marguiles

Indian Wars
Simon Suhler


World War I
Sydney G. Gumpertz
Benjamin Kaufman
William Sawelson

World War II
Isadore S. Jachman
Ben Salomon
Raymond Zussman

Korean War
Leonard M. Kravitz
Tibor Rubin

Vietnam War
Jack H. Jacobs
John L. Levitow


Sources: Jewish Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor; Seymour "Sy" Brody