In honor of Savannahian serviceman Martin E. Kirschbaum, who was killed while serving as a US Marine on Guadalcanal Island during WWII, Savannah’s JWV Post 320 was founded shortly after WWII. JWV Post 320 has been in constant operation for over six decades, providing service to the Savannah community by promoting patriotism, honoring our deceased Jewish veterans, and performing various different services to the community. Recently we have honored our veterans by placing flags on their graves in Bonaventure Cemetery, marched in the annual Veteran’s Day parade, manned a water stand for the runners annual Chanukah Torch Relay and hosted a Dinner in honor of the 120th Anniversary of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States.
“You had the personal element and that was the worst. All the young men were drafted and taken out of the city. The town was denuded of men, young men in the prime of their lives, some were killed, some injured, but none were left here. The town just functioned without young people at all. It was a real dark time. There was one Jewish boy killed, named Martin Kirshbaum, who was in the Marines. His mother and father were friends of my mother and father. Mr. and Mrs. Kirshbaum really had nothing in life but hard luck. This man was about 21 years old and was their pride and joy and and only child. Situations like that caused real grief and hardship. Like any parent losing a child, or wife losing a husband, children losing fathers, that was the sad part of it. It was on a big scale. They had these long casualty lists, and they would send telegrams. Everybody was afraid of a rap at the door. A Western Union man might be there."
From a transcription from the tape recordings made by Edwin J. Feiler during the 1970’s