The National Museum of American Jewish Military History and the Shapell Manuscript Foundation invite you to join us as we explore the progenitor of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. - the Hebrew Union Veterans Association, in the context of the Shapell Roster of Jewish Service in the American Civil War.
We will discuss the origins of the organization, talk in detail about the lives of some of their members, and explain how the Shapell Roster research team has discovered the service history for several of the soldiers. Have your questions and comments ready for the Q&A at the end!
Chartered by an act of Congress in 1958, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, under the auspices of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., documents and preserves the contributions of Jewish Americans to the peace and freedom of the United States, educates the public concerning the courage, heroism and sacrifices made by Jewish Americans who served in the armed forces, and works to combat anti-Semitism.
Since 2009, Shapell Manuscript Foundation researchers have unearthed a treasure trove of information on Union and Confederate Jews during the Civil War era, bringing to light a buried record of the Jewish-immigrant experience and American patriotism. The records include detailed military history, photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, diaries, and more. The body of research is amassed from hundreds of primary and secondary sources, along with contributions from descendants, historians, and genealogists. The result is the first-ever comprehensive data archive on this topic and, once released, will impact the scholarship on Jews in America in the 19th Century.
Host: Robert Jacobs, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Vietnam Veterans Committee
Moderator: Sheldon Goldberg, Ph.D., USAF (Ret.), National Museum of American Jewish Military History
1. Michael Corbett
In Nam 1965-1966
3rd Bn 4th Marine Regt HQ Co & 3rd platoon
Infantry machine gunner
2. Joseph Goldstein
Oct 1966-May 1967; Sept 1967-May 1968
USS Coral Sea & USS Ranger in Gulf of Tonkin
F-4 Radar Intercept Officer; flew over North Vietnam on 106 fighter combat air patrol & bombing missions
3. Stan Goldstein
March 1968-December 1968 Korat AFB Thailand
Flew 100 missions over North Vietnam
4. Dick Kurtz
1966-1967 1st Infantry Division; Forward Observer in infantry rifle company, Artillery Officer in infantry battalion
1970-1971 Staff Officer 101st Airborne Division, S-3 Operations Officer for Duster Battalions on DMZ fire bases
5. Jacob (Jack) Romo
US Army Medical Officer
1966-1967- 25th Division Social Work Officer in Cu Chi; Mental Hygiene Clinic; 93rd Evac Hospital Psychiatric Augmentation Detachment
What were the experiences of the Vietnam War like for Jewish veterans? Did being Jewish matter or not? Our panel of veterans discuss their experiences, what it was like serving in an unpopular war and how their identity as American Jews impacted (or didn't) their time in the military.
1. Jerry Alperstein
1967 USS Charles R. Ware DD865 (destroyer) Yankee Station part of Task Force 77 20-25 miles off the coast; Operation Sea Dragon operating one-to-five miles off the coast of North Vietnam
2. David Brog
1968 flew out of Korat AFB Thailand
Tech intelligence on Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs), flew Wild Weasel missions against SAMs & developed tactics and techniques against SAMs
3. Allen Falk
1969-1970 1st Marine Corp Division in I Corps
Staff Legal Officer
4. Sheldon Goldberg
1968-1969 Ubon Thailand
F-4D Weapons Systems Officer; flew 214 combat missions (211 over Laos & 3 over North Vietnam)
5. Robert (Bob) Jacobs
1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) HQ in Phuoc Vinh III Corps northwest of Saigon ; 3rd Brigade HQ in Quan Loi to help run Taskforce Shoemaker (spring 1970 Cambodia incursion)
Infantry on arrival in RVN; retrained as personnel clerk; became Head Clerk of HHC 1st Cav Div
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