The website www.JewsinGreen.com is an online resource for Jews in the
In response to this comment I offered to have someone write a guest post about Jews in the military. Brian Kresge, a sergeant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, took up my offer.
Kresge served from 1993-1999 with the 101st at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment in
Here’s Kresge’s reply:
After many years of looking, I found the burial place of my great-great-uncle Oscar Feldser. A simple military marker with his name, rank, unit, and a Star of David offered closure for a genealogy mystery.
Uncle Oscar, as I've come to think of him, represents the beginning of my Jewish ancestors' military tradition in the
This war left him a permanent resident of the Soldier's Home in
I'm slightly atypical for an American Jew; I've a family military tradition that does, in fact, go back to the militias of
During World War II, one would have a hard time finding a Feldser who did not serve. The Lancaster Jewish Community Center lists two of my relatives on the center’s WWII memorial plaque. The family has a treasured picture of Uncle Benny looking dashing in his Eisenhower jacket with all his awards. My Uncle Harry was awarded the Silver Star as a Marine on
For me, with my assimilated Jewish experience, nothing about "Never Again" determined that I would join the U.S. Army. In one respect, it was a rejection of my boomer parents' ideals. More importantly, it was the vainglorious notions of fortune and glory in combat that did me in. The women would flock to me in my fetching maroon beret, because there would be no dispute that the army took this awkward academic and crafted a man.
To be continued in Part II