World War II:
Statistics on Jewish American Soldiers
During the course of World
, 550,000 men and women of Jewish faith served in every
branch of the armed forces of the United States
. (According to Yad Vashem
, another 1 million Jews in other Allied forces, including 500,000 in the Soviet Red Army, 100,000 in the Polish Military and 30,000 in the British Army.)
Twenty-two Jews attained senior rank in the armed
forces - 18 were generals, 6 were major generals, 12 were
brigadier generals,1 was vice admiral, 2 were rear admirals and
1 was a commodore.
The total number of Jewish war casualties was
38,338 - 11,000 Jews were killed, 7,000 of these deaths in combat.
Approximately 26,000 Jewish men and women in
uniform received citations for valor and merit. The number of awards
totaled 49,315, including 3 Congressional Medals of Honor
, Isadore S.
, and Raymond
, 66 Distinguished Service Crosses, 28 Navy Crosses,
41 Distinguished Service Medals, 244 Legions of Merit, 1,434 Silver
Stars, 2,047 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 191 Soldier's Medals,
28 Navy and Marine Corps Medals, 4,641 Bronze Star Medals, 13,212
Air Medals and 14,550 Purple Hearts.
Sources: Bureau of War Records cited in AJHS Newsletter (Fall/Winter 2003); Yad Vashem; Associated Press (May 5, 2013)
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