May 12, 2017

Over There: Profiles of American Jews in World War I

Approximately 225,000 American Jews served in World War I. They served as Marines, soldiers and sailors. They served in all aspects of the military: infantry, artillery, cavalry, engineering, signal, aviation, ordnance, quartermaster branches and more.  Some were heroes, some did their part, some never made it home. As we observe the centennial, this continuing series will profile Jewish individuals who served.

  • Over There: Hyman Silverman - On October 27, 1918, German fire ignited an ammunition dump near Verdun. While exploding shells were seriously wounding his comrades, Private Hyman Silverman jumped into action. He began removing the ammunition even as more exploded around him. Silverman was hit multiple times by grenade explosions.
  • Over There: David Carb - Fort Worth’s David Carb (1885-1952), a Harvard graduate, poet, and playwright, was among the idealists who romanticized the Great War. In June 1915, two years before America entered the conflict, he was among the dozens of literati to join the American Red Cross Ambulance Service.
  • Over There: Sam Raiz - Heavy rains and strong winds whipped across the American trenches lining a hill near the French town of Saint-Mihiel on a mid-September morning in 1918. Sam Raiz fixed his bayonet to his rifle. Along with other members of A Company of the 360th Regiment of the 90th Division Texas Brigade, he began a march towards the heavily fortified German lines.