Benjamin Lewis Salomon

Benjamin Lewis Salomon

Birth
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 7 Jul 1944 (aged 29)
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Guidance, N-21994
Memorial ID 7983316 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He graduated from the University of Southern California Dental College in 1937 and was practicing dentistry when inducted in the US Army. In 1942 he became an officer in the Dental Corps. and worked in the hospital medical group. By June 1944, he was Captain, serving as voluntarily Surgeon, in the 2nd Battalion, 105th Infantry, Regiment, 27th Infantry Division. At the Battle of Saipan, Marianas Islands on July 7, 1944, thousands of Japanese troops broke through American lines to non-combat units and areas. As the perimeter began to be overrun, he ordered enlisted medics to evacuate the wounded to a rear area. Manning a machine gun he stayed behind to provide cover and hold off the advancing enemy. The next day he was found dead, slumped over the machine gun surrounded by 98 dead Japanese soldiers. Although he was recommended for a posthumous Medal of Honor at the time, the recommendation was not approved because of his status as a medical officer precluded his eligibility for the award. After numerous levels of review, the Secretary of Defense signed approval of the award in March 2002 and his Medal was presented in a White House ceremony on May 1, 2002. He is one of seventeen Jewish Americans known to have received the Medal of Honor since it’s inception during the Civil War to the present.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Lewis Salomon (1 Sep 1914–7 Jul 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7983316, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .