U.S. Jewish Soldiers in Pacific War Zone Decorated by Army

Jews who have distinguished themselves in the in bitter fighting in the Pacific from Alaska down to New Guinea are listed in a report of decorations recently awarded Jewish men, issued here today by the Jewish Welfare Board.

The unusual honor of being awarded the coveted Purple Heart medal twice has been won by a 22-year-old corporal from New York City, Morris Moskowitz. The first award was made for disabling wounds suffered in the fighting in the Southwest Pacific and the second for dragging to safety the crew of a burning bomber which had cracked up when taking off at an advanced occupational base in Port Moresby.

Another Purple Heart has been awarded posthumously to Private Joseph Sharp, also 22, of Philadelphia, The award was made by Major Gen. Buckner, head of the Alaska Defense Command, for “meritorious acts” by Sharp during the Japanese assault on Alaska.

The “Silver Star” of the Army Air Corps has been given to Lieut. Emmanuel Sitkin, 24, of Newark, New Jersey, attached to a bomber squadron in the Pacific, for the accuracy of his bombing during an Allied attack on Japanese-held positions in New Guinea, which did heavy damage to enemy installations.

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