Military is more than a profession, it’s dedicating your life to your state, your country, and even neighboring nations. The Jewish military is dated back to 1948 and they’ve commanded a fearsome army since then. Here are some of the most famous Jewish military men:
Colonel Aaron Bank was born in New York City on the 23rd of November 1902, and he was a United States Army officer who founded the U.S. Army Special Forces Unit. He is also known for his work as an OSS officer in World War II. He played a major role in warning the country about the risk of terrorism and modern technology, and he is also largely responsible for the kind of security used at U.S. nuclear plants since the early 70s.
As a young man, Bank worked as a chief lifeguard at an upscale resort in Biarritz. His mother taught language lessons for a living, which might explain why he was so fluent in German and French.
He enlisted in the Army on the 19th of August 1942, then volunteered to work for special operations. He was in his late thirties, and was deemed too old for combat positions, but he was very athletic, and was eventually accepted into the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
The OSS conducted both special operations and espionage operations for guerilla and sabotage warfare. Bank was assigned to the special operations branch, and on the 31st of July 1944, he led the Jedurgh Team PACKARD, entering Lozere Department of France via parachute and linking up with the French Resistance.
At the time of “Operation Anvil”, also known by some as “Operation Dragoon” (which was the Invasion of Southern France by Allied Forces approximately six weeks after the D-Day invasion at Normandy), Bank drove the German forces away from the beachhead of the Allied troops with his French partisans. This operation was responsible for liberating multiple French towns, until the regular forces were able to swoop in to finally secure the city.
In the late 1944 and 1945, Bank also led “Operation Iron Cross”, which later developed into a plan to either capture or kill Adolf Hitler. The OSS performed an active recruitment of German POWs who were opposed to Hitler, and they formed a special forces unit. The officers were outfitted with OSS uniforms and highly trained in “raid and snatch” techniques. This unit was also trained as parachute infantry, and they were prepared for insertion into the “Alpine Redoubt” on the border separating Germany and Austria. This was where the senior Nazi officials had planned to make their last and final stand against the advancing Allied forces.
It was expected that Hitler was going to flee from Berlin and retire to the Alpine Redoubt before the capital city was to be invaded by the Soviets, so General William Donovan, who was the head of the OSS at that time, sent the simple order: “Tell Bank to get Hitler”.
However, “Iron Cross” was cancelled on the eve of the planned execution due to the fact that intelligence revealed that Hitler had actually chosen to remain in Berlin. Additionally, the 101st Airborne and 7th Army were advancing so fast that they were expected to capture the Alpine Redoubt before the execution of “Iron Cross”.
When Germany capitulated in May 1945, Bank was reassigned to the Pacific theater, where he linked up with Ho Chi Minh after being inserted into Indonesia. Bank and Ho spent quite some time traveling through Vietnam, and he was impressed with how popular Ho had become among the Vietnamese. He advised the SS considering this popularity and recommended that they allow Ho to form a coalition government.
Bank retired from the Army in 1958, although he remained active for many more years. He died on the 1st of April 2004 at Dana Point, California at the age of 101.
Solomon Bush was a Jewish America soldier who was born in Philadelphia. He was the highest-raking Jewish American to serve in the American Revolutionary Army, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Solomon joined the Philadelphia militia as a Captain early in 1776 in the Flying Cam of Associators of Pennsylvania. In August, he fought in the Battle of Long Island and although the American Army was defeated, he got promoted to the rank of Major. On the 5th of July 1777, he was appointed by the Supreme Council of Pennsylvania as a deputy adjutant-general of the state militia.
In September, Pennsylvania was invaded by General Howe, and the City of Philadelphia called upon the militia to defend her. This marked a return to service for Solomon Bush. The Battle of Brandywine began on the 11th of September 1777 and on the 18thof September, Solomon was wounded in a skirmish as a musket ball broke his thigh bone. His brother, Captain Lewis Bush, lost his life in the same battle.
Solomon was taken to the city to get treatment and recover from his wounds. According to a letter which he wrote later, he was given no more than seven days to live by his doctor. As he could not earn his living and was still being kept on account of the wounds he sustained at the home of his father, the council of the city raised a series of resolutions. On the 27th of October of that year, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, with his pay in accordance with his rank as well.
Bush was in poor circumstances in his later years and on the 5th of November 1785, the council of Pennsylvania ordered that a pension be paid to him for his years of service.
Solomon ended up moving to London, and he started a medical service there.