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First Name: Bertram

Last Name: Korn


Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Date of Birth: 06 October 1918

Date of Death: 11 December 1979

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served:
Bertram Korn

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Bertram Korn

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Jewish Chaplain)

Bertram Korn was born on 6 October 1918.

Korn was the highest ranking Jewish chaplain ever to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States. He was the first Jewish chaplain to obtain flag rank in any of the U.S. armed forces.

He authored 12 books on American Jewish History, the most known of which was his 1951 work, "American Jewry and the Civil War," acclaimed as the definitive work on the subject. Other books by Korn include: The Jews of Mobile, Alabama, 1763-1841 (1971); Benjamin Levy: New Orleans Printer and Publisher (1961); Jews and Negro Slavery in the Old South, 1789-1865 (1961); The American Reaction to the Mortara Case: 1858-1859 (1957); and The Early Jews of New Orleans (1969). 

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral Bertram Korn died on 11 December 1979. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 2722   Created by: MHOH




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