Lone soldier legacy

The deaths of three lone soldiers in Operation Protective Edge has brought the plight of the immigrant fighter into the public consciousness.

July 31, 2014 12:20
Lone Soldiers

David Esses with his parents during his army service.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

In many cities across Israel, including Jerusalem, you will come across a street called David Marcus. Marcus was an American volunteer and Israel’s first military general – and in today’s terms might be considered the Jewish state’s first lone soldier.

Born and raised in Brooklyn to Romanian Jewish immigrants, Marcus graduated West Point in 1920, went on to law school, then served in the US Army during World War II.


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