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In Focus: Jewish Women in the Military

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who died while serving in the United States Military. On this day, we remember and celebrate the lives of these heroes. Each of their stories is unique and contributes to the United States' rich history.

In honor of Memorial Day, we would like to showcase the different roles that Jewish women have played in the military over the last 150 years. As nurses, members of the WAAC and WAC, navy seals and marines, airwomen, and chaplains, women fought in battles during the Civil War, World War I and II, Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm and today.

Discover the contributions of Jewish women who have died in service to their country and those Jewish women veterans who live on today to share their stories.

Help expand and uncover U.S. and Jewish women's history, by sharing your own story as a woman in the military or of Jewish women you know who have served in the United States Military.

Index of women featured in this section

Matilda and Bernice Blaustein (Army—WWII)
Miranda Bloch (Navy—WWII)
Charlotte Chaney (Nurse—WWII)
Selma Cronan (Air Force—WWII)
Bernice Sains Freid (Navy—WWII)
Cindy Gats (Navy—Desert Storm)
Ethel Gladstone (Nurse—WWI)
Bebe Koch (Navy—WWII)
Bonnie Koppell (Chaplain—Desert Storm)
Vicki Lewis (Army—1980s)
Miriam Miller (Navy—WWII)
Yetta Moskowitz (Nurse—WWII)
Phoebe Yates Levy Pember (Nurse—Civil War)
Gertrude Shapiro (Nurse—WWII)
Marita Silverman (Nurse—Vietnam)
Frances Slanger (Nurse—WWII)
Lisa Stein (Air Force—Desert Storm)


National Museum of American Jewish Military History
Archives at Texas Women's University
Jewish War Veterans
U.S. Army Homepage
U.S. Navy's Official Web Site
U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Air Force

Much of the information in this feature is excerpted from The National Museum of American Jewish Military History museum exhibit, "Women in the Military: A Jewish Perspective."

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "In Focus: Jewish Women in the Military." (Viewed on November 26, 2015) <>.


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