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Highlights

1918 Rosh Hoshanah | Shavuot | Matzah | Passover Greetings | USS Rodman Scrimshaw


1918 Rosh Hoshanah

Flyer for Rosh Hashanah services for American Expeditionary Forces servicemen during World War I from the Philip Klompus collection.

Flyer for Rosh Hashanah services for American Expeditionary Forces servicemen during World War I. Services were held aboard a Cunard Line ship in France on September 7th and 8th, 1918.


Shavuot

Shavuot services on Bougainville Island, May 27, 1944 from the Daniel Kaplan collection.

Jewish servicemen gathered for Shavuot services on Bougainville Island, May 27, 1944.


Matzah

Photo of seder in Busan (Pusan), Korea from the Leslie Kimmel collection

Eating matzah at Passover seder for U.S. and British servicemen in Busan (Pusan), Korea, 1954.


Passover Greetings

Passover Greetings V-Mail from the Ruth Small Levinthal collection

On March 25, 1944, H. Handler sent V-Mail Passover greetings home to Ruth Small in Philadelphia while he was stationed in New Guinea with the Seabees.


USS Rodman Scrimshaw

USS Rodman Scrimshaw by William Gilkerson from the Eugene Cohn collection

On April 6, 1945, the USS Rodman was conducting routine minesweeping operations off the coast of Okinawa when two Japanese dive bombers were spotted on a kamikaze attack. One plane was driven off by machine gun fire, but the other crashed through the forecastle deck that included living quarters killing sixteen and wounding more. Bombs and other Japanese planes continued to come for the next two hours. Damage was extensive, but eventually the Rodman was able to sail away under her own power. Lt. Eugene Cohn was communications officer aboard the Rodman that day. He oversaw the effort to contact other ships and aerial support. He later received this scrimshaw from artist William Gilkerson commemorating the attack.

Eugene Cohn continued a great family tradition of military service. His grandfather was Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Abraham Cohn.

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