Illustration by Art Seiden

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Jewish Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor:

A Judaica Collection Exhibit

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient



Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Places and dates: Fort Riviere, Haiti, 17 November, 1915
Birth: 9 May, 1891, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


In company with members of the Fifth, Thirteenth, Twenty-third Companies and marine and sailor detachments from the U.S.S. Connecticut, Gross participated in the attack on Fort Riviere, Haiti. Following a concentrated drive, several different detachments of marines gradually closed in on the old French bastion fort in an effort to cut off all avenues of retreat for the Caco Bandits. Approaching a breach in the wall, which was the only entrance to the fort, Gross was the second man to pass through the breach in face of constant fire from the Caco Bandits and, thereafter, for a ten minute period, engaged the enemy in desperate hand-to-hand combat until the bastion was captured and the Caco resistance neutralized.

This exhibit was prepared by Seymour "Sy" Brody, of Delray Beach, Florida, editor of JWV's "The Jewish Veteran," and author of Jewish Heroes of America and its sequel, Jewish Heroes and Heroines of America, © 1996. The illustrations are by Art Seiden of Woodmere, New York, a professional artist with over 300 books to his credit.

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