Those Who Served: H

  • Hamilton Donald
    Hamilton Donald

    Sgt. Donald H. Hamilton
    Serial No. 16134664
    U.S. Army Air Force
    Sept. 1943 – Nov. 1945
    European Theater

    I was trained in Chicago, assigned to the 327 Fighter Control and was sent to England, France, Belgium and Germany. Beginning in about December of 1943, I spent 3 months with the R.A.F. and helped invade France. After that, I went back to my own unit all the way to the end of the war.

    I went to High Holy Days in Reading, England, where I met a Jewish family and spent time with them on and off for nine months.

  • Hankin Armand L
    Hankin Armand L

    2nd Lt. Armand L. Hankin
    U.S. Army Air Corps
    European Theater
    Missing in Action

    Armand entered service in March 1943. He was commissioned Bombardier-Navigator on October 23, 1943, San Angelo, Texas. He participated in the Normandy invasion. Reported "Missing in Action" over Germany.

  • Hansher Ervin
    Hansher Ervin

    Maj. Ervin Hansher
    Serial No. 051224
    U.S. Army Medical Corps
    February 1942- March 1945
    European Theater

    I was the medical officer of a camp in Wales for soldiers who left to go in on D-Day. I met a group of Israeli soldiers who fled from Germany and were part of the group. Their assignment was to speak to the Germans, in German, using walkie-talkies, giving them false data regarding the location of the invading Americans. One of my greatest experiences as a Jew was opening the ark on Yom Kippur in Glasgow, Scotland. I was the only American soldier present in uniform and was visiting the Cohen family for the holidays. This was the largest Orthodox synagogue in Glasgow that was fully occupied that night.

  • Heilbronner Frank
    Heilbronner Frank

    Corporal Frank Heilbronner
    U.S. Army
    June 1943 - March 1946
    Pacific Theater

    I was drafted at 18 years of age and served in anti-aircraft in Texas. They trained troops coming from the Aleutians to be infantrymen. I spent seven months with the MPs in the Philippines. My Jewish experiences were contacts through friends of the family while I was in the States. There were very few Jewish men in our battalion.

  • Heller Albert C
    Heller Albert C

    S/Sgt. Albert C. Heller
    U.S. Army
    1943 - 1945
    Stateside

    As an attorney who could type, I was assigned office work and sent to personnel school where we were taught that civilian cooks should be assigned to army kitchens and jockeys to the cavalry. I served in 7 army camps. My most interesting tour was as a nighttime guard of the harbor near Boston when it was feared that German submarine superiority could smuggle into our harbor cities with damaging results. In retrospect, it is interesting that so many of us stationed near and at Alamogordo, New Mexico, knew nothing of the atom bomb preparations that were going on there.

  • Heller William
    Heller William

    T/4 Wm. C. Heller, Jr.
    Serial No. 13122809
    U.S. Army
    1943 - 1946
    European Theater

    Because I was substantially underweight and had dreadfully flat feet, I had to obtain waivers and fight my way into uniform. The sight of armadas of allied planes overhead was memorable and reassuring. Another memorable experience was the battle cry of "Nuts!" which was the response to Germans by our general of the surrounded troops at Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. Conversations with fellow-Jews that had left or escaped Germany were heartbreaking. These conversations reinforced my appreciation of the military commitment I and millions of other Americans had made. The percentage of soldiers volunteering and high degree of countrywide support for the objectives of our commitment made WWII unique. If our soldiers did not know what they were fighting for, they at least had a clear-cut vision of what they were fighting against.

  • Herman David A
    Herman David A

    Major David A. Herman
    Serial No. 0568591
    U. S. Army Air Corps
    June 1941 - April 1946
    China Theater

    I was the public relations officer in the China Theater on the staff of Gen. George Stratemeyer when we took over Shanghai from the Japanese on October 14, 1945. Thousands of Jewish refugees from Germany and central Europe had lived for years in what was a virtual ghetto called Hongkew. Many became my friends as I heard their fascinating stories.

  • Hersch Robert A
    Hersch Robert A

    Robert A. Hersch
    Serial No. 36838361
    U.S. Army Air Corps
    June 1943 - September 1945
    Pacific Theater

    Harmon Field, Guam, was the principal airfield for the B29 fleet of bombers involved in the strategic bombing of Japan. I was an instrument specialist for the B29 fleet. Shortly after the Japanese surrender, I received my discharge in 1945.

  • Hindin Al
    Hindin Al

    Sgt. Al Hindin
    Serial No. 16098187
    U.S. Army
    1942 - 1945
    China-Burma-India Theater

    The Army sent me to Yale to learn to speak Burmese. My job during service was as a Burmese interpreter. While stationed in Darjeeling, I saw a sign "Abraham Cohen, Optometrist - Formerly of Rangoon." Walking into the shop, speaking Burmese and using the Burmese word for Jew, Yehudi, I introduced myself to Dr. Cohen who told me the story of his family's difficult migration from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. He said that some members went to Rangoon and some went to Bombay. I was invited for Shabbat dinner at Dr. Cohen's house and further learned that the Cohens were Orthodox and had been for hundreds of years - in Bombay, Rangoon and Darjeeling. During a subsequent trip to Rangoon, I looked for Dr. Cohen's synagogue only to find that the Japanese had bombed it.

  • Hirschberg Joseph
    Hirschberg Joseph

    Pfc. Joseph Hirschberg
    Serial No. 36285549
    U.S. Army
    December 21, 1942 - November 19, 1945
    European Theater

    We were called from a rest area (after the invasion of Ste. Mere Eglise, France) to the Battle of the Bulge. We had barely passed through Bastogne, Belgium, when Germans surrounded the town and trapped our sister division, the 101st Airborne. Our Division's job was to stop the Germans at Stavelot, Belgium, where we had witnessed many atrocities. A uniquely Jewish experience for me occurred while we were stationed at Leicester, England, before D-Day. We were allowed to go on pass occasionally. A few times we were able to visit a synagogue for Sabbath services. I found the congregants very friendly - almost like long lost relatives.

  • Horwitz Naomi R
    Horwitz Naomi R

    M/Sgt. Naomi R. Horwitz
    Serial No. WR602784
    U.S. Army
    December 1942 - January 1946
    Stateside

    I was trained in Des Moines, Iowa and then assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas. My branch was called the WAAC, Women's Army Air Corps. Des Moines, Iowa was the first training station for women. We had to learn everything the "hard way", and we received our training from men. We were not well received by the town people because we were women.

  • Horwitz Sherbourn H
    Horwitz Sherbourn H

    S/Sgt. Sherbourn H. Horwitz
    Serial No. 36 251 922
    U.S. Army
    July 21, 1942 - October 3, 1945
    Stateside

    Sherby was an attorney when he entered the Army. He served as a recruiter where he contacted prospective recruits, interviewed, classified and prepared records. He supervised recruiting teams and was in charge of branch recruiting offices. Submitted by Naomi R. Horwitz