All soldiers must be brave, but some go above and beyond their duty and give their lives so that others my live. In honor of Memorial Day, Jewish Treats introduces two brave young American Jews who, because of their courageous acts, were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
In addition to receiving, posthumously, the Congressional Medal of Honor, Jachman’s courage was acknowledged with a statue in the village of Flamierge.
Raymond Zussman was born and raised in Michigan. Following his basic training in 1941, he was sent to Armored Officers School and then served as a tank instructor, before being deployed to Europe.
The battle for which Second Lieutenant Zussman was issued a Congressional Medal of Honor took place on September 12, 1944 at Noroy le Bourg, France. When his lead tank was stopped, Second Lieutenant Zussman, armed with only a carbine rifle, led his one remaining tank and accompanying infantry on foot. Scouting ahead on foot and under constant fire, Second Lieutenant Zussman led his men to destroy a road block and defeat several enemy-held houses from which machine guns were being fired. When the battle was finally over, 18 enemy soldiers had been killed and 92 had been captured.
Second Lieutenant Zussman received no fatal wounds while leading this heroic charge. Sadly, however, he died 9 days later from wounds he received when a mortar exploded next to him while he was resting after battle.
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