Lest We Forget - Introduction and Credits

The Jewish War Veterans Department of Michigan named their Posts to honor the memory of fallen soldiers and dedicated JWV members. Each person honored with a namesake Post is represented on a separate page in this section of our website alphabetically by last name.
Note: An additional link to advance to the next page is located on the bottom of each page.

The majority of the text in this section of the website is excerpted from pages 16-40 of the 2014 booklet, "Lest We Forget  Saluting the Dedication of the Jewish War Veterans of Michigan and their Auxiliaries, A Compiled History" by Andrea M. Gallucci, MLIS with her permission. The few exceptions are noted below. All photos in this section of the website are owned by the JWV of Michigan. Written permission is required for outside usage. Please contact our webmaster.

  1. PFC Joseph Bale's parents were identified from a Detroit Jewish News article in the April 21, 1944 edition (page 16).
  2. The description and pictures for the "Four Chaplains" was taken entirely from the Wikipedia website.
  3. Isadore Kleiman's date of death and burial location are from website www.honorstates.org.
  4. The pictures for Lawrence Jones and Lt. Eli Levin were provided separately by Andrea M. Gallucci, MLIS.
  5. General Maurice Rose's life story was taken from a Detroit Jewish News article in the September 7, 1945 edition (page 16).
  6. Sergeant Charles Shapiro's life story was supplemented with information from a Detroit Jewish News article in the April 23, 1943 edition (page 11).
  7. Lt. Raymond Zussman's pictures were provided by Art Fishman. The military action descriptions for Lt. Zussman is a combination of Ms Gallucci's book, website www.honorstates.org information, and Lt. Zussman's Congressional Medal of Honor citation.

The complete booklet "Lest We Forget.." outlining the history of the JWV Department of Michigan totals 63 pages with legacy photos. It is available in print form at the Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archive inside Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

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

'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 died in combat since 1940. There is a small overlap between the two.