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Jewish veterans of honor: Bronze Star WWII flyer hatched creative scheme to sell war bonds
We continue our series profiling the soldiers named on JNF's Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill with Charles Blumenfeld. Plaques on the wall pay tribute to Jewish military veterans worldwide who have served their countries.
Charles was among the first group of U.S. flyers shipped out to England, and he became a lead navigator on his brand new B-17E heavy bomber. While abroad, he regularly sent dispatches back to the Long Island Press newspaper to keep his community posted on the war and inspire bond sales. His idea: buy a bond, get a picture of a bomb with your name on it. The motto of this bond push was "You buy 'em, we drop 'em," and it raised thousands of dollars for the war effort.
Alan Blumenfeld dedicates a plaque at the Wall of Honor
in his dad's name.
After the war, Charles went on to become president and owner of Adams Clothing, one of the first discount retailers in Philadelphia. He died in 2005 at age 86.
Seeing their relative's name on JNF's Wall of Honor, therefore, has special meaning, she says.
"To honor Dad with this plaque is to memorialize him in history as a Jew who fought for his country, but mostly for Jews in Europe in the camps, everywhere, who were waiting to be liberated."
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