TITLE

Chapter 99: Captain Ben L. Salomon

PUB. DATE
October 2004
SOURCE
Jewish Heroes & Heroines of America;2004, p204
SOURCE TYPE
Biography
DOC. TYPE
Biography
ABSTRACT
This chapter profiles U.S. Captain Ben L. Salomon, World War II soldier-dentist and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 1, 1914 to Bess and Ben Salomon. After graduation, he first tried to enlist in the Canadian and the U.S. Armies, but they had no vacancies for a dentist. In 1940, Salomon registered for the draft when U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Service and Training Act. After more than a year as an enlisted man, his commission came through and he became the regiment dentist for the 105th Infantry in Hawaii. Salomon's regiment in Saipan was attacked by Japanese soldiers on July 7, 1944. In the first few minutes of the attack, about 30 soldiers walked, crawled or were carried into Salomon's aid station and the small tent soon filled with injured men.
ACCESSION #
19767188

 

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