Illustration by Art Seiden

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Jewish Heroes and Heroines in America

World War II to the Present:

A Judaica Collection Exhibit

Two Jewish Generals of the Vietnam Era

by Seymour "Sy" Brody

In every war in which the United States was involved, there were Jewish generals in leadership roles. Vietnam was no exception. Major General Stanley H. Hyman and Robert B. Solomon had major roles in the Vietnam War.

Hyman was a major when he received the Legion of Merit by the direction of the President of the United States. He was attached to the Military Intelligence of the U.S. Army in Vietnam from August 1968 to August 1969. It was for his excellent work during this period that he received his decoration. Utilizing his extensive intelligence experience, Hyman was able to acquire a voluminous amount of information.

Hyman was able to use his intelligence information to predict the enemy's intentions and plans which helped American commanders fight the enemy. His citation reads:

"Through his initiative, resourcefulness, adaptability to change and readiness to resort to the expedient, he has contributed immeasurably to the Free World effort in the Republic of Vietnam. Major Hyman's professional competence and outstanding achievements are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit and the United States Army."
Hyman quickly rose through the ranks to become a major general. He was born on June 25, 1936, in Long Branch, New Jersey. Hyman is married to the former Rosala Carol Mersky and they have four children. He holds the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Department of the Army Staff Badge and the Organizations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge.

Solomon is another Jewish officer who served his country in Vietnam. He made many notable contributions to the war effort in the Republic of Vietnam. He served as chief of the Command Information Division for the United States Military Assistance Command in Vietnam and was active there from July 1968 to July 1969. After his tour of duty in Vietnam, Solomon was sent to Europe to command the 1st Battalion, 35th Armor, 4th Armored Division. He has had many responsible positions throughout his military career.

He was promoted to major general in January 1982. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

Born on December 14, 1930, in Baltimore, he has a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He is married to the former Frances Nathanson and they have three children.

Hyman and Solomon have contributed to the legacy of Jews who have served their country in war.

This is one of the 150 illustrated true stories of American heroism included in Jewish Heroes and Heroines of America, © 1996, written by Seymour "Sy" Brody of Delray Beach, Florida, illustrated by Art Seiden of Woodmere, New York, and published by Lifetime Books, Inc., Hollywood, FL.

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