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Lt. Harold E. Greenberg - Albert I. Lerner Post 692

Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., Inc.

P.O. Box 2492, Kensington MD 20891

Commander
Israel Gotay
(202) 431-1589

Sr. Vice Commander
Stu Freeman
(240) 506-0323

Jr. Vice Commander
Marcel Hodak
(240) 669-8077

Adjutant
Sheldon Goldberg
(301) 572-6168

Quartermaster
Joyce Lyman
(301) 946-4174

Judge Advocate
Marsh Sneiderman
(301) 469-5860

Chaplain
Stuart Freeman
(240) 506-0323

Officer of the Day
Jim Lyman
(301) 946-4174

Past Commanders
Walter Gold
Sheldon Goldberg
Milt Samuels
Albert Lerner
Jack Golomb

Newsletter Editor
Marshall Sneiderman
(301) 469-5860


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News from Post 692

Regular Post Meeting—January 6, 2013 Regular Time 10:30 a.m.
Ring House1801 Jefferson Street Rockville, MD 20852
Speaker: Bob Levey, Washington Post feature writer, retired
Washington Future is Coming


Regular Post Meeting — February 3, 2013 Regular Time 10:30 a.m.



We had a great Post meeting at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington, D.C. Estelle Laughlin joined us. She is an author who shared her childhood story of survival and delivery from the Holocaust. She provided insights into a period of our history that should never be forgotten. Her book Transcending Darkness is an excellent book to read. You will read more about this great program within this newsletter. We give thanks to Mr. Snyder for bringing this great author to our attention. We also give many kudos to Mary Wesley and Stuart Freeman for arranging the meeting and coordinating the box lunches and transportation.

We are blessed with three New Year’s in a very interesting 2012. The Year saw extremely riveting happenings – a national election, the Arab spring, a
short period of high tension in Gaza and the end of the Mayan calendar. We are also facing the condition known as the “fiscal cliff.” We have three opportunities for reflection and to plan out the coming year. Rosh Hashanah starts with apples and honey and ten days of awe, and the secular New Year starts with bubbly and a merry time.

We should not forget the end of the Chinese year of the Dragon and the beginning in February 2013 of the year of the Snake. The celebra-tion will give us an opportunity to visit Chinatown and eat great Chinese food while we listen to pro-jections of the coming year of the Snake.

We can rest assured that next year holds a lot of opportunities for Post 692. Stuart Freeman and Mary Wesley are working on some fun and exciting programs. I know that your suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Our Past Commander Sheldon Goldberg is working very hard to make the remodeling of the Jewish War Veteran Monument in front of the JCC a reality. He is on a mission that will leave a legacy for our current and future Jewish Veterans. We should all support this great effort.

As you can see, we have an exciting year ahead. The monthly news-letter is keeping us informed and motivated. The monthly attend-ance lottery is growing and is approaching a $100 pot. The winner of the lottery needs to be in attendance to win and Marshall Sneiderman’s high tech random number generator is fool proof. We have many opportunities for your involvement and participation in the coming year. Come join us in 2013.

Your elected officers and the members of the board wish all our members and their families a safe and joyful new year.
Israel Gotay, Commander Post 692


Post Commander Gotay


 

Freedom is not Free —
Thank a Vet for his or her service.


Bob Levey, Washington Post Columnist, Retired Speaks to JWV Post 692
Ring House Location– 1030 January 6, 2013

Bob Will Address the Future of Washington, DC

Bob Levey

All About Bob Levey - Internet Notes on Bob’s Career

I've been doing journalism since the age of 6, when I launched the late, lamented Levey's News (circulation: 1). I served as editor, publisher, columnist, and crayon-er. My mother still has copies for the curious.

My college diploma says I majored in English, but I actually majored in editing the student newspaper. I took over as editor-in-chief on Nov. 22, 1963 (talk about your basic baptism by fire). I did everything from paste-up to tossing bundles on front stoops. It qualified me for my first professional job: cub reporter for the Albuquerque Tribune, a Scribbs-Howard p.m.
I spent 13 months there before falling in love with a young woman who lived in D.C. While on a Labor Day, 1967, visit to her, I decided to apply to the Post. It lasted. We didn't.

In my first 14 years on the staff, I worked as (in order) night police reporter, day police reporter, roving national political re-porter, assistant city editor, courts reporter, District Building reporter, Capitol Hill reporter, feature writer, assistant sports editor, and feature writer again.
In June 1981, I was asked to write a daily column. Having tried just about everything else, I signed up. It lasted. Somehow, 3,000 columns later, I have too.

I was born in Manhattan and grew up in the Bronx. I escaped at a tender age to attend the University of Chicago, where I earned a BA with special honors.

I've worked for seven local radio stations and four local TV stations as a commentator and talk show host. I've taught journal-ism at three local universities. I'm a life master and regional champion at tournament bridge, and I still play competitive slow-pitch softball (good field, spotty hit).

Bob will be giving his assessment of the future that we could expect to see in Washington. His insight is something we have paid for in the past and now get as a benefit of membership in the Jewish War Vets Post 692.

See you at the meeting.
MLS Editor.


Marshall Sneiderman will speak at the February Meeting on the Acquisition and Deployments of the DSRV — Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (shown at right).


DSRV





Ms. Estelle Glaser Laughlin addressing the Post
at the Museum December 16, 2013

When Estelle began, the audience of over 60 became hushed and silent to listen to this 83-year old octogenarian author tell the riveting story of her life as a 13 year old living in hiding in the War-saw Ghetto in 1943. She survived with strength and her wits in the concentration camps of Hitler’s Poland. I was most intrigued with her mother’s determination to keep Estelle and her sister safe in this terror environment.

The book, Transcending Darkness is a page turner and well worth a read by those interested in the Holocaust. Her vivid description of hiding in the Warsaw Ghetto with her family was a frightening account. When finally discovered and rounded up for deportation, her mother did something quite remarkable; she said that Estelle and her sister were older and capable of being useful in the work requirements of the concentration camp.

Young girls not capable of working were simply killed and her mother sensed this and added two years to her actual age. The Post hosted this event and members enjoyed a box lunch at the Museum. It was an event that we all can be proud of.

Marshall Sneiderman, The Editor



Members and Guests at the December Meeting

On Veterans Day, 2008, a ceremony with speakers and music was held at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Washington in Rockville to dedicate a Memorial to Jewish servicemen and women. The late Alexander Adler, a member of Jewish War Veterans Post 58 and his late wife Ruth, had donated the Memorial, a 12-foot-tall sculpture framed in aluminum that features faces cast in a bronze patina. Phillip Ratner of Bethesda sculpted it.

In 2009, a second, smaller, Veterans Day ceremony was held at the JCC but the practice was abandoned soon thereafter. One reason was the aging of the members of Post 58, the sponsors of the Memorial but another has been the Memorial’s inaccessibility. Standing to the far right of the JCC when one faces the building, it is hidden from view by a large tree and its distance from the JCC’s main entrance. In addition, it stands on a grassy knoll that makes it difficult for anyone needing a walker or wheelchair to approach the Memorial, much less go around it to view all the sculptures.

In late 2010, then Commander of JWV Post 692, Lt. Colonel Sheldon Goldberg, USAF (Ret.), was approached by Dr. Sam Levinson, formerly of JWV Post 567, to revital- ize the Veterans Day ceremony and to bring the Memorial and its purpose back to life. They approached Mr. Michael Feinstein, CEO of the JCC with a plan to make the Memorial accessible and to fulfill the purpose given to it, which was to raise awareness among both the Jewish and non-Jewish population of Montgomery County that Jewish participation in the military campaigns of this country stretched back to the Revolutionary War and Colonial times. The Memorial,” in the words of the late Mr. Adler, was designed to “spark an awareness and a desire to learn more about Jewish military service among those who view the sculpture — particularly among children.”


Mr. Feinstein and Colonel Goldberg have been joined by Mr. Adler’s daughter Alison in the effort to improve access to the Memorial and to make it the centerpiece in Montgomery County for commemorations of Jewish military service on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. To this end, a preliminary plan was submitted to the Charles E. Smith campus group for improvements to the existing structure. It is estimated that the cost of the project will be in the neighborhood of six to eight thousand dollars , which it is hoped will be funded through the purchase of “pavers” of various sizes, i.e., bricks engraved with the name of the donor or i n honor of a loved one, or by other donations. These “pavers” will be placed around the Memorial, on the planned walkway leading up t o it, or on benches that will be situated near the memorial. To date, just over $1,300.00 had been raised. Anyone interested in contrib- uting to this Jewish Veterans Memorial project can send his or her contribution, made out to JWV Post 692, to Ms. Joyce Lyman, 1801 E. Jefferson St., Apt. 123, Rockville MD 20852.


David Greenberg

Dave Greenberg was a kid in Boston with a drive to understand electronics and all things radio, building his first radio at age 13. When the call went out for young men with electric engineering interests to serve as radar techs, Greenberg enlisted. Greenberg was stationed outside of London with the 351st Air Bombardment Group to serve in a newly deployed radar installation in the letter part of World War II. This was a case of sending an expert with the technology to be hands on.

After the war he came to Washington for an engineering position at the David Taylor Model Basin at Carderock to design and deploy analog and then digital control systems for submarines. Memorable events at the Model Basin included the sea trials on the USS Albacore AGSS 569 to test a series of technical innovations Dave had helped design. Dave’s big moment came when he dove below safe dive depth for USS Albacore.

In another episode, Dave experienced a fire at sea on a Navy ship. It was extinguished by the ship firefighting team, but the event brought on some of his gray hairs.


USS Albacore (AGSS-569)
Dave worked on many engineering aspects of the Trident Submarine Class in its earliest stages of development. After his retirement from the Navy Department, Dave continued his engineering work at Carderock by joining a support con-tractor based there. He started as an electronics expert in the analog era and worked for the conversion of the analog controls to digital electronics. This conversion led the way to safer submarines and more accurate control devices. (Analog: think the sliding device in your car radio pointing to scaled numbered dial as opposed to the Digital: the LED numbers that accurately indicate stations in the radios now.) He remains a licensed ham radio operator.
When Dave was sixty plus he started a new activity—roller skating and roller dancing at roller rinks in Montgomery County. He danced with a partner for years and still is on the rinks few times a week. He admits that he doesn’t do the rolling backwards regularly anymore. For a 90 year old his skating skill is noteworthy.



 


JWV Shirts are being
offered for sale
These are embroidered
with the logo for $15.00

 

DON'T FORGET:

YOUR USED STAMPS,

ALUMINUM CAN TABS,

and

EMPTY PRINTER CARTRIDGES

IMPORTANT VA INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS

VA News www.va.gov/opa/feature/vanews/index.asp VA web site for what is new and in the works for Veterans. The site is easy to use and in a vid-eo format. Once the veteran is in tune for what is going on, the veteran can direct his attention into the details. Your benefits are waiting for you. You need to act.

Burial Tributes for the Vet As the Vets make their end of life and funeral ar-rangements in advance with their children or others remember that veterans get from the Government a variety of benefits for burial. These benefits are out-lined in some detail at the web site, www.cem.va.gov/ . Over the course of the program year sections of this important benefit section will be presented at our meetings just before the closing ceremonies. A brief will also appear in the newsletter. Remember these benefits arise after the passing of the vet so your family needs to have the details. The base document is the vet’s discharge paper or a DD214 form.

ZEDAKAH

Post 692 is an IRS Section 501(c)(4) organization and contributions to the Post are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the IRS code. Please include the Post in your charitable giving. Remember also to bring your used stamps and aluminum can tabs for hospitalized veterans and the fami-lies of young cancer patients at Ronald MacDonald House. JNF trees are also available at a reduced price for any occasion from your Post.

Sheldon Goldberg, Past Post Commander
Sheldon Goldberg, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Ret.
 
Captain Sheldon A. Goldberg poses by his F-4D at Ubon RTAFB, Thailand before a combat mission against the Ho Chi Minh trail.  Capt. Goldberg flew with the Air Force's only night dedicated fighter squadron, the 497th TFS "Nite Owls", and was the only Jewish aircrew member in the famed 8th Tactical Fighter Wing at the time of his combat tour. Capt. Goldberg flew 214 combat missions in Southeast Asia, including several into North Vietnam. He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism and 17 Air Medals.

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

George Washington

Captain Sheldon A. Goldberg
Captain Sheldon A. Goldberg


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