The Gold Star

During World War I, Army Captain Robert L. Queisser sought a way to honor his sons’ military service. He came up with the idea of a blue-star banner. Other families soon adopted his blue-star banner to indicate active duty service in the war. Sadly, many also displayed gold stars on those banners, symbolizing the death of that service member. The Department of Defense eventually authorized the display of the banners during times of war.

The white field on the banner, edged with red, can hold up to five blue stars. The blue of those stars symbolizes hope and pride for the service of a family member. The banners are displayed facing out in a front window of the home. Silver stars, which indicate a family member wounded in action, symbolize gallantry, while gold stars, added for family members killed during active duty, stand for sacrifice made for honor and freedom. The gold or silver stars are made slightly smaller than the original, so that a thin border of blue shows around the addition.

Since it's creation in 1940, the Jewish War Veterans Department of Michigan has maintained a Gold Star book for all Jewish Michigan residents who have died in combat. The book has been digitized and plans were under way to add it's pages to this website in mid-2020. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, those page additions have been delayed.

What's the difference between 'Lest We Forget' and 'Gold Star'?

'Lest We Forget' remembers Veterans that had a JWV-Michigan Post named for them. Some of them were not from Michigan (Major General Maurice Rose), and some were not even Jewish (The Four Chaplains). Some of those remembered were not wartime casualties, but their contribution to JWV was so great that friends named their JWV Post after them when they passed. Not only does 'Lest We Forget' honor the memory of those Veterans, but also the memory of those Posts - many of which have been combined into other Posts as their membership declined.

The 'Gold Star Book' remembers all of the Michigan-based Jewish Veterans that have died in combat since 1940. There is a small overlap between the two.

The following list of names are not yet "click-able"; our Gold Star book is not on the web at this time. When the book becomes available, there will be a notice here and clicking on a name will take you to the details from the book about that person.

A - F        

Aaron, Louis, Detroit
Adelstein, Harold B, South Haven
Alpern, Gordon, Detroit
Alpern, Junior G, Detroit
Apple, Albert B, Detroit
Arkins, Richard D,South Haven
Aron, Louis, Detroit
Aronovitz, Israel, Detroit
Aronsohn, Herman, Detroit
Bader, Peter, Detroit
Bale, Joseph Louis, Detroit
Baltuck, Lewis, Detroit
Berendt, Louis L, Detroit
Berger, George, Grand Rapids
Berger, Leon, Detroit
Berman, Harry Soloman, Detroit
Bernstein, Max, Detroit
Bernsteinillip, Detroit
Bloch, Heiner M, Bay City
Bloch, Raymond, Detroit
Blumberg, Robert, Detroit
Blumenfield, David, Detroit
Blumlo, Jack, Detroit
Bodzin, Henry Jerry, Detroit
Boim, Paul, Detroit
Bornkind, Jack, Flint
Brodif, Albert D, Detroit
Buttner, Sol, Detroit
Canner, Bernard V, Detroit
Cantor, Allen Bernard, Detroit
Coblentz, Harold,Detroit
Cohen, Benjamin A, Bay City
Cohen, Irving, Detroit
Cohen, Julius, Detroit
Cohen, Milton S, Detroit
Cohen, Morris, Detroit
Cohen, Solomon N, Detroit
Cohn, Samuel, Detroit
Colville, David P, Detroit
Dater, Harvey,Lansing
Davis, Charles P, Detroit
Davis, Jack, Detroit
Davis, Leo, Detroit
Deutsch, Robert Stanley, Detroit
Eckstein, Alexander, Royal Oak
Eisen, Sam, Detroit
Elson, Calvin, Detroit
Elson, Stanley, Detroit
Emery, Allan, Detroit
Emmer, David H, Detroit
Escrow, Sidney, Detroit
Fagenbaum, Joseph, Detroit
Faudem, Frank, Detroit
Fields, Albert, Detroit
Fox, Donald, Detroit
Franklin, Richard B, Battle Creek
Freeman, Fred, Detroit
Friedberg, Jacob William, Detroit
Friedman, Abraham, Detroit
Friedman, Eugene, Detroit
Friedman, Kurt R, Detroit
Fundamensky, Herbert, Detroit

G - L        

Geller, Herbert, Detroit
Ginsburg, Daniel, Detroit
Gladman, Abraham M, Detroit
Goldberg, Max, Detroit
Goldberg, Morris J, Detroit
Goldfarb, Doran H, Saginaw
Goldstein, Stanley, Baltimore
Goodman, Alex K, Detroit
Goodman, Sidney G,Detroit
Gorelick, Harry S, Detroit
Gottlieb, Morton, Detroit
Green, Philip M, Detroit
Green, Roy F, Detroit
Greenbaum, Charles, Detroit
Greenberg, Hyman, Detroit
Greenberg, Jerome H, Detroit
Greenberg, Walter Herman, Detroit
Grossman, Leonard L, Detroit
Grossman, Mordecai, Detroit
Gura, Jerry, Detroit
Gurvis, Milton, Detroit
Hardstein, Herman I, Detroit
Hart, Theodore W, Detroit
Herzberg, Lawrence, Detroit
Hochman, Nathan, Detroit
Holin, Julius A, Detroit
Hora, Raymond E, Detroit
Horowitz, Bernard, Detroit
Iden, Rubin, Detroit
Jacobs, Alfred L, Detroit
Jacobson, Rodney E, Detroit
Kadish, Abraham, Detroit
Kahn, Warren M, Saginaw
Kanefsky, Hyman, Detroit
Karbelnick, Al, Detroit
Kass, Thomas H, Detroit
Kaufman, Herbert J, Detroit
Kempner, Saul J, Detroit
Kleiman, Isadore, Grand Rapids
Kogan, Aaron, Detroit
Kogan, Charles, Detroit
Kopman, Joseph, Detroit
Korinsky, Sol, Detroit
Koss, Frederick, Detroit
Krakow, Paul R, Detroit
Kritt, Joseph E, Detroit
Kuhn, Jack S, Niles
Labovitz, Alex, Detroit
Laro, Jack, Flint
Lash, Herman, Detroit
Leibowitz, Sidney, Detroit
Levin, George, Detroit
Levine, Irving, Detroit
Levine, Paul Harold, Detroit
Lewis, Leonard L, Detroit
Lifsitz, Mortimer N, Detroit
Lockstanoff, David, Detroit
Lofman, Alexander, Detroit
Lustig, Morton J, Detroit
Lustig, William B, Detroit

M - Se        

Mallon, Daniel D, Detroit
Mandell, Irving M, Detroit
Mathis, Robert, Detroit
May, Abraham, Detroit
Mayer, Seymour, St. Clair Shores
Merriman, Richard C, Deckersville
Meyers, Morris, Detroit
Miller, Morris, Detroit
Mirowitz. Edward, Detroit
Mirowitz, Isadore C, Detroit
Mogill, Alexander N, Detroit
Moldawsky, Sol, Detroit
Moritz, Sigmund, Detroit
Morris, Herbert W, Ann Arbor
Moss, Joey, Detroit
Myers, Morris, Detroit
Nabatoff, Bernard, Detroit
Nash, Sam, Detroit
Neshkes, Leo, Detroit
Netzorg, David Leon, Detroit
Newmark, Edward L, Detroit
Oberstein, Lawrence, Detroit
Passerman, Victor, Detroit
Pear1, William Bertram, Detroit
Pearlman, Irving, Detroit
Pearlstein, Saul L, Detroit
Pershing, Charles, Detroit
Pilnick, David, Detroit
Pokart, Sidney, Detroit
Racey, Sherwood L, Detroit
Rachlin, Joseph C, Detroit
Rafelson, Robert Julien, Detroit
Raskin, Arthur, Detroit
Reitman, Ben, Detroit
Ring, Louis, Detroit
Rosenberg, Joseph, Detroit
Rosenberg, Leon Elmer, Detroit
Rosenfeld, Kenneth, Detroit
Rosenfield, Harold T, Saginaw
Rosenthal, Myron, Detroit
Ross, Saul M, Marquette
Rubin, Harold, Detroit
Sampson, William Gilbert, Detroit
Sapperstein, Melvin S, Detroit
Schlesinger, Herbert, Detroit
Schreirman, Harry, Detroit
Schultz, Jack E, Detroit
Schwartz, Edward, Detroit
Seeder, Myron, Gobles
Segel, Jack S, Detroit
Semansky, Jack, Detroit
Seymour, William, Detroit

Sh - Z        

Shafer, Raymond Jack, Detroit
Shapiro, Arthur, Detroit
Shapiro, Charles, Detroit
Shapson, Gerald E, Detroit
Shaw, Lloyd William, Detroit
Sher, Mitchell, Detroit
Shiffman, Eli, Detroit
Silverman, Erwin, Detroit
Silverman, Harold,Detroit
Silverman, Morton A, Detroit
Silverston, Robert L, Detroit
Simon, Lewis Arthur, Detroit
Sinkoff, Saul H, Detroit
Sirotkin, Marvin, Detroit
Skully, Gregory A, Detroit
Smapinsky, Irving, Detroit
Sobel, Robert, Detroit
Sobole, Seymour L, Detroit
Solomon, Paul, Detroit
Solomon, Raymond L, Detroit
Solomon, Solomon Jacob, Detroit
Spitzer, Joseph, Detroit
Stein, Harry, Detroit
Stein, Meyer Bernard, Detroit
Steinberg, Joseph, Detroit
Stern, Jerome J, Ann Arbor
Stern, Saul I, Detroit
Sternberg, Harold E, Elkton
Stevens, Harry, Detroit
Stoll, Robert H, Detroit
Stracher, Leon, Detroit
Sturmack, Don Keith, Detroit
Talberg, Charles, Detroit
Taub, Morris, Detroit
Tennenbaum, Harold, Detroit
Warner, Lewis J, Detroit
Warshawsky, Martin, South Haven
Waxman, Murray M, Detroit
Weil, Max, Detroit
Weil, Victor H, Detroit
Weiner, Norman, Detroit
Weisman, Robert P, Detroit
Weiss, Herbert, Detroit
Wienner, Robert N, Detroit
Willker, Alexander, Detroit
Winokur, Jack, Detroit
Yetz, Sol, Detroit
Zaas, Isadore, Detroit
Zelby, Samuel, Detroit
Zessar, Leroy, Detroit
Zimberg, Ben, Detroit
Zimmerman, Philip J, Detroit
Zussman, Raymond, Detroit