TEC5 Belle Goldman Lane
Serial No. A604171
Women's Army Corps
A memorable experience for me was participating in Yom Kippur services in a tent in New Guinea, surrounded by natives. While I was gone, my parents were very lonesome but participated in the war effort. My mother worked in a parachute factory and my father worked at Allis Chalmers. They sent packages to my brother in Europe and to me in the Pacific.
SoM 2/c Benjamin E. Lane
Serial No. 3056132
September 17, 1942 - January 26, 1946
We sailed in winter on relatively small craft in the stormy North Atlantic as far north as Newfoundland and Greenland. I sang in the Navy choir at Great Lakes.
1st Sgt. Samuel A. Lane
U.S. Marine Corps
Samuel Lane served in Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainvillea, Guam, Iwo Jima. It was reported that only two out of five of the original troops in his unit survived. He was a cryptographer, working with code and decoding machines and equipment. When discharged after eleven years of service, he was a Staff Sgt. In 1951-1952, he was called to active duty in the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in March 1952. Submitted by Peg Lane
Lt. Herman S. Langer
Serial No. 339744
January 3, 1944 - February 20, 1946
When Ensign Herman Langer and other troops got to Hawaii in December 1944, they needed to assemble the ships. Herman had sailed to Hawaii on an LST, a ship that is one and two-thirds times as long as an LCT. After the troops arrived in Hawaii, they took the pieces of the LCT's out of the LST's, and the soldiers then bolted the pieces together, assembled the engines, and pumped out the water that seeped in. When all the ships were assembled, crews were assigned. Herman never went to Iwo Jima until the battle had been won. At that point, Iwo Jima was the closest the Allies had gotten to Japan. Herman and his crew prepared for the invasion. However, because of Japan's surrender after the bombing of Nagasaki, they didn't have to invade. They regarded the A-bomb as their savior. War's end brought much happiness in Milwaukee because the soldiers were coming home. On the way back from Iwo Jima, Herman's ship was forced to carry a crane. During a typhoon, the crane tipped to one side, causing the ship to capsize and then sink. Due to the destroyer escort, though, everyone was saved. Herman only salvaged the ship's flag and some shaving lotion, even losing the ship's pay records. Herman had a court-martial hearing because of the sinking, but was given an honorable discharge.
Sgt. Jack Langer
Serial No. 36840981
A memorable experience for me during my tour of duty occurred driving the Ledo-Burma Road from Calcutta to Kumming, over the hump. The scenery and poverty in many of the areas that we passed through were unbelievable. I attended services in Calcutta in a centuries old synagogue. My parents worried a lot because they had both of their sons overseas. It was worse for them than it was for us.
1st Lt. Leo Lansky
Serial No. 01313618
July 1942 - May 1946
While in New Delhi, I often visited Connaught Circus, a circular shopping center with stores, restaurants, peddlers, etc. I would go there often because one of the merchants told me his name was Berman. He was of Jewish parentage, as was his wife. His ancestors probably came from Persia. One Friday night in Calcutta, I was invited to pray in one of the most beautiful synagogues I have ever seen. There I also encountered dark-skinned Jews who prayed the same way I did. It wasn't until that time that I realized all Jews don't look like Europeans.
Capt. Bernard Leeb
Serial No. 0413910
1941 - 1945
My military career started as a volunteer at the Citizen's Military Training Camp (similar to ROTC) in 1941. I was assigned to a "railhead" company and graduated from the Command and General Staff School. Among the many interesting high points of my military years: Rosh Hashanah service in a synagogue at Oran, Algeria, in 1943; serving with Milwaukeean Raleigh Woolf; and "bumping into" hometown friends in North Africa - Erv Chudnow, Harry Dizack, and many others.
Maj. Seymour Lefco
Serial No. 0517312
U.S. Army Dental Corps
April 1943 - January 1946
The most memorable experience for me during my tour of duty was celebrating V.J. Day in the heart of Paris, France. While I was overseas, my wife, Rachel, and my 3-year-old daughter lived in the home of Rachel's parents.
1st Lt. Mildred Scheier Lepgold
Serial No. N772201
June 1943 - September 1947
We landed in North Africa. I was assigned to the 80th Station Hospital to care for Navy burn patients from an over-turned oil tanker damaged in the invasion of Sicily. We worked 13-hour shifts, 7 days a week for about 3 months. In April 1944, I presided at a Passover Seder in Bari, Italy. About 12 GIs came with me from our unit, the 35th Field Hospital. There were Army-Navy, USA and British servicemen there. My parents and sister in Milwaukee took part in the war effort by using ration books and buying War bonds.
Sgt. Philip E. Lerman
Serial No. 36257566
1942 - 1945
I spent 37 months in the Army as a medical corpsman in the military police and the infantry. I learned almost every medical military occupational skill without the benefit of formal training. I was at one time or another a medical, surgical, dental and pharmacy technician, and finally a medic in the rifle platoon. On D-Day, I lectured to the Central Service Command of the 9th Service Command on the details of the invasion. From July 1944 until early November, I was transferred from California to Texas three times before I was finally shipped to the 87th Mountain Infantry (Ski Troops), where I remained until discharge. I went overseas as a combat medic, saw action in Italy and had an active part in defeating Hitler and Fascism. I made and retained friendships with some very special men, and fifty years later I still remember the pain, the fear and the camaraderie.
T/4 Alfred M. Lerner
Serial No. 36267144
1942 - 1946
A memorable experience for me during the war was when my brother, Phil, visited me in Manila after his Black Hawk Division (infantry) was reassigned from Europe in preparation for the invasion of Japan. I was lucky to have had Jewish friends in my unit; one of them was a member of my wedding party after the war.
Sgt. Phillip Lerner
1943 - 1945
S/Sgt. Jack Leshin
Serial No. 36220987
April 1, 1942 - April 1, 1944
My Jewish experiences were meeting Jewish servicemen and establishing warm friendships with them. On the negative side, I did experience an unpleasant anti-Semitic incident while at Ft. Sheridan.
Radioman 3/c Burton H. Levine
U.S. Coast Guard
January 1945 - May 1946
I sailed to the Atlantic and Carribean on the Coast Guard Cutter "Frederick Lee." My boot camp training was in Manhattan Beach. I went to radio school in Atlantic City.
Sgt. Gabriel Levin
Serial No. 430899
U.S. Marine Corps
August 1942 - January 1946
I went overseas twice, once to New Zealand and once to Guam Island. I also participated in the Battle of Tarawa Island. While in New Zealand, I was invited to attend Passover Seder at a private home. There were not too many Jewish Marines.
Capt. Hal Levin
Serial No. 0809653
U.S. Army Air Corps
June 25, 1942 - August 30, 1945
I flew 25 missions over Germany with the 8th Air Force. My plane was knocked out by a fighter plane, the second engine by flack, the third engine had a run-away prop. This happened over the Baltic Sea. I bailed out over Sweden. A uniquely Jewish experience was when I was the officer in charge of close to 100 airmen for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in Stockholm in 1944.
Capt. Jules D. Levin
Serial No. 0543682
U.S. Army Medical Corps
October 1944 - July 1946
I served as a neurosurgeon at the Northington General Hospital in Tuscaloosa. This 3,000-bed hospital gave definitive treatment to wounded soldiers who were returned from overseas by ship, landing at Atlanta and taken by train to the hospital. My treatment consisted of surgical treatment for head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and peripheral nerve injuries. We worked six days a week, from 7am to 6pm. My wife and I invited many Jewish enlisted men, the non-coms and officers, to our off-post home on almost a weekly basis, where there was an opportunity to socialize ala "yiddishkeit."
Pfc. Simon Levin
Serial No. 36832684
September 20, 1943 - September 7, 1945
The most memorable experience for me during my tour of duty was the invasion of Leyte Island, Philippines, on October 20, 1944. A special Jewish experience for me was attending a Seder in a synagogue in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as attending Rosh Hashanah services aboard the troopship USS Golden City in September 1944.
M/Sgt. Merton H. Lewis
U.S. Army Corps
1942 - 1945
Lt. Arnold P. Libman
Serial No. 0724446
U.S. Army Air Corps
**Killed in Action**
Capt. Leonard Lieberman, M.D.
July 1953 - July 1955
I was in the U.S. Army Medical Corp and was stationed in Bad Kreuznach, Germany at the headquarters of the 2nd Armored Division.
After graduating with a Bachelor degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, I opted to enter medical school at Marquette. I graduated with an M.D. in 1948 and completed my internship and residency at Milwaukee County Hospital.
In 1953, I enlisted in the Army and assumed Korea was the likely destination for me. However, because I spoke and read some German as a result of science studies and medical training I was assigned to Germany. With the Cold War in full swing and the post-WWII reconstruction of Germany underway, the U.S. Army still had a strong presence in Germany. Soon after my arrival in Germany, my wife Barbara (we were married in 1951) joined me for what became an exciting chapter in our marriage.
During basic training at Fort Sam in Houston, Texas, I met Major Carl Pfahl, M.D. who was a surgeon. In a nice turn of events, both of us ended up in Bad Kreuznach and became friends while helping each other adjust to life away from home. I was responsible for running the Post Dispensary which served over 200 soldiers.
After my discharge in 1955, I began what became a 30 year career with Milwaukee County Hospital and become the Clinical Director of Milwaukee County Health Center (South Division). I retired in the mid 1980’s.
I was born in Milwaukee in 1920 to Morris and Rachel Lieberman. I have been living in my current home in Shorewood, Wisconsin since 1963. Barbara and I remain blissfully married! We have two daughters and four grandchildren. I have two brothers: Sidney lives nearby in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin and Don lives in Santa Clara, California.
Lt. Cmdr. Emanuel L Lifschutz
U.S. Navy Chaplain
December 13, 1943 - April 16, 1946
Capt. Eugene Lorant
Serial No. 0528329
July 29, 1943 - November 15, 1946
Specialist 3/c June Goldwater Louis
Serial No. 7661596
U.S. Navy - Women's Reserve*
April 1944 - February 1946
Being recognized as "Able Seaman" by the men was sometimes difficult, but when they saw how well we conducted our classes, that changed. In fact, the women gunnery instructors were told our contribution was of the highest caliber. At Great Lakes in 1944, hundreds of us from Apprentice Seaman to officers of high rank joined in a beautiful celebration of Passover. The sound of all of our voices as we read the Haggadah was unforgettable. *The Navy did not designate women as Navy personnel during WWII, although this is where we served.
S/Sgt. Max Louis
Serial No. 36284888
December 4, 1942 - January 12, 1946
While serving in Europe, I located the French brother of my cousin's husband who lived in Fond du Lac, where I lived. When I went to the town near our camp in France, I learned there were Jewish people there. After a search, I found this man and his family and brought the brothers together after many, many years. Later, a niece came to visit her uncle and we had a reunion, too. At Camp McCall, North Carolina, I was mess sergeant in charge of about 12 German POWs. When they learned I was Jewish, they became uncooperative, but when they lost the "extras" I could give them, they soon fell into line.
Capt. Jack Luban
Medical Administrative Corps
March 1941 - January 1946
African - European Theater
I was trained at Camp Grant, Illinois, and was sent to Italy where my team set up the 43rd Station Psychiatric Hospital (tent) in Caserta. I remember two rabbis there, one a patient, the other was his brother who accompanied him. I was then assigned to the 33rd General Hospital. This corps all wore the same insignia (M) as doctors. While in Italy, a Nazi SS officer ordered the killing of 335 people in the Ardianteam Caves. I saw the box coffins and smelled the stench. Recently, that Nazi, Priebke, was returned from South America to Italy to be tried (1996). Also in Italy, members of the Palestine Jewish Brigade mingled with my group. I was sent to the University of Virginia to train for the occupation military government and to the Presidio of Monterey to learn Japanese in anticipation of Japan's surrender. However, after the "20 tons of TNT," Japan went back to their own rule.
Pfc. Sidney Lubow
Serial No. 36806469
U.S. Army Air Corps
1943 - 1946
Visiting the Taj Mahal was an incredible experience. India became a second home for me - an unforgettable country of extremes and delightful, friendly people. I relish the memories of the Seders and services I attended among the Sephardic Jews in Bombay and Calcutta. They told of migration and travail and "kvetching." I learned, with wonder, all Jews the world over are the same.
Lt. Col. Mischa J. Lustok, M.D.
1941 - 1946
Three of my five wartime years were spent in Europe, serving station and general hospitals and invasion support services. In all my years in Europe, I never saw a rabbi. Therefore, as a senior Jewish officer in several units, I conducted many holiday services - a Passover seder in Birmingham, England, and Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services on the rear deck of the troop ship Queen Elizabeth - while on the way home after the German surrender. During my wartime years, my wife raised two children from infancy without a complete family support system.