General Maurice Rose &
Brigadier General Julius Ochs Adler,
Two Jewish Army Generals Who Served with
Distinction in World War II
General Maurice Rose was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. The French Army bestowed upon him the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre. The American Press mourned his death as they extolled his bravery and feats in combat. The New York Times wrote: "The American Army was deprived of one of its most skilled and gallant officers and a man of rare personal charm besides..." The Chicago Daily News said: "He had a reputation of a remarkable leader of men. German prisoners talked of him as the only successor of the status of Rommel..."
General Rosesís 3rd Armored Division had many singular feats: It was the first division to cross the German border; the first to breach the Siegfried line; the first to shoot down an enemy plane on German soil; and the first to fire an artillery shell into German soil. Rose was the son of Rabbi and Mrs. Samuel Rose and was born in Middletown, Connecticut, in 1889. He was buried with military honors in 1945.
Brigadier General Julius Ochs Adler is another decorated hero of World Wars I and II. In World War I, he was the commander of a battalion of infantry on the Western Front in France. He was in many battles with the Germans and was gassed.
In World War II, General Adler commanded the 77th Infantry Division which was responsible for the defense of Hawaii from 1941 to 1944. For his leadership and bravery in World War I, he received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the French Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre with Palms. In 1948, he was appointed as major general in the Army Reserve.
After World War II, he joined The New York Times as vice-president, later to become general manager. He was also the publisher of the Chattanooga Times. He and 17 other newspaper executives were invited by General Eisenhower to visit the liberated concentration camps in 1945. The visit inspired him to write a series of articles for The New York Times describing his experience and feelings.
Generals Maurice Rose and Julius Adler are typical of the many Jewish general staff officers who served our country with distinction and bravery in the U. S. Army.