Several members of our congregation were true heroes of WWII. They demonstrated uncommon gallantry, bravery in the face of combat.
I am thinking for example of Shalom Founder Jake Goldberg who landed at Normandy on D-Day. His is a story worthy of telling and retelling throughout the generations. Many of you receiving this e-mail never met Jake or the most highly decorated veteran from our congregational family Wilfred (Bill) Holsberg. As this Veterans Day weekend begins, I thought I would share with you something about Bill Holsberg who received the Distinguished Service Medal, second in importance only to the Medal of Honor. Bill and his wife Eunice were extremely active members of Shalom for decades.
Bill passed away in 2007.
Rabbi Bruce Kahn
Wilfred G. Holsberg
Date of death: 8-Sep-07
After spending five months at Walter Reed Hospital, Wilfred Holsberg volunteered to go back on active duty to teach other amputees how to use their new devices and adjust to civilian life.
AWARDS AND CITATIONS
Awarded for actions during the World War II
SYNOPSIS: Second Lieutenant (Air Corps) Wilfred G. Holsberg, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Navigator of a B-17 Heavy Bomber, while participating in a bombing mission on 7 March 1944, against enemy ground targets at Tulon. Second Lieutenant Holsberg was critically injured by enemy fighter action while reviving the bombardier in time for him to release the bombs. He then remained conscious long enough to navigate the aircraft back to a friendly base in Italy where both his legs were amputated below the knees. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Holsberg on this occasion upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 31 (1944)
Action Date: 7-Mar-44
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: Second Lieutenant