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Flyer for Rosh Hashanah services for American Expeditionary Forces servicemen during World War I. Services were held aboard a Cunard Line ship in France on September 7th and 8th, 1918.
Jewish servicemen gathered for Shavuot services on Bougainville Island, May 27, 1944.
Eating matzah at Passover seder for U.S. and British servicemen in Busan (Pusan), Korea, 1954.
On March 25, 1944, H. Handler sent V-Mail Passover greetings home to Ruth Small in Philadelphia while he was stationed in New Guinea with the Seabees.
On April 6, 1945, the USS Rodman was conducting routine minesweeping operations off the coast of Okinawa when two Japanese dive bombers were spotted on a kamikaze attack. One plane was driven off by machine gun fire, but the other crashed through the forecastle deck that included living quarters killing sixteen and wounding more. Bombs and other Japanese planes continued to come for the next two hours. Damage was extensive, but eventually the Rodman was able to sail away under her own power. Lt. Eugene Cohn was communications officer aboard the Rodman that day. He oversaw the effort to contact other ships and aerial support. He later received this scrimshaw from artist William Gilkerson commemorating the attack.
Eugene Cohn continued a great family tradition of military service. His grandfather was Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Abraham Cohn.