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  Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
 Decade: 1940-1949
 Language: English
[Portrait of Alvin Rubin]

[Portrait of Alvin Rubin]

Date: March 1944
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Lieutenant Alvin Rubin, an Air Force pilot from Fort Worth, Texas. He is pictured from the chest up, wearing his uniform. Rubin was killed in an plane crash over Dakar, French Africa on March 15, 1944. A graduate of Paschal High, he was a past chapter president of AZA, the B'nai B'rith youth group for boys. Fort Worth's Rubin-Gilbert AZA chapter is named after him and Pvt. Harold Gilbert, who also died in the war.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[George Marshall's Sympathy Card]

[George Marshall's Sympathy Card]

Date: 1945
Creator: Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-1959
Description: A letter from General George C. Marshall, the United States Army Chief of Staff, expressing his condolences for the death of an unidentified soldier. The text reads: "General Marshall extends his deep sympathy in your bereavement. Your son fought valiantly in a supreme hour of his country's need. His memory will live in the grateful heart of our nation."
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Letter to Gilbert Family]

[Letter to Gilbert Family]

Date: April 30, 1945
Creator: Voelker, William J., Jr.
Description: Two photostat copies of a typed letter from William J. Voelker Jr. to Mrs. Max Gilbert, mother of Private Harold Gilbert. The letter describes the attack that killed Harold Gilbert, and discusses the details of Gilbert's burial in Normandy, France on on Dec. 27, 1944.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Letter to Gilbert Family]

[Letter to Gilbert Family]

Date: February 13, 1945
Creator: Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950
Description: Photostatic copy of a typed letter from the United States Secretary of War, Henry Stimson, to Max Gilbert. The letter awards Gilbert's son, Harold Gilbert with a Purple Heart for his service, and it expresses Stimson's condolences for the death of Harold Gilbert.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Western Union Telegram]

[Western Union Telegram]

Date: January 14, 1945
Creator: United States Secretary of War & Dunlop
Description: Photostat of a telegram from the United States Secretary of War to Mrs. Rose H. Gilbert, expressing his condolences for the death of her son, Private Harold Gilbert.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Letter from Harry Goldstein]

[Letter from Harry Goldstein]

Date: August 9, 1945
Creator: Goldstein, Harry
Description: Typed letter to the family of Private Harold Gilbert from a fellow soldier named Harry Goldstein, sent from Marseilles. The letter describes the sinking of a troop transport ship, Dec. 25, 1944, in which in which Gilbert was killed.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Ladies Cemetery Society Minutes]

[Ladies Cemetery Society Minutes]

Date: January 16, 1945
Creator: Mehl, Mrs. I. N.
Description: Handwritten minutes for the Ladies Cemetery Society commenting on the death of Private Harold Gilbert, the son of the society's recording secretary, Rose Gilbert. The text notes: “The absence of the secretary ...who had the misfortune of losing her son, Harold, Dec. 25, 1944, in the European Theater of the war, made the meeting a sad one; each and every one of the members present were in tears.” On the second page of the minutes, the group’s long-time president Mrs. Becky Goldstein recalls how she and Mrs. Gilbert used to “go out to collect dues at 25 cents each. Mrs. Gilbert furnished the horse and buggy.”
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Memorial Service Flyer]

[Memorial Service Flyer]

Date: 1946
Creator: B'nai B'rith Lodge
Description: Flyer announcing a community memorial service to be held at the Ahavath Sholom Synagogue in Fort Worth, Texas. The memorial service was in memory of local soldiers "fallen in battle," and was officiated by Rabbi Samuel Soskin and Rabbi Charles Blumenthal. The soldiers remembered were: Richard Burt, Harold Gilbert, Alvin Rubin and Walter C. Sanders.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives
[Letter to a Gold Star Mother]

[Letter to a Gold Star Mother]

Date: December 22, 1947
Creator: Carter, Amon Giles, 1879-1955 & Carter, Amon G., Jr.
Description: Typed letter from Amon Carter and his son, Amon Carter Jr. to "a Gold Star Mother." Gold Star Mothers is a support organization formed for mothers who lost a son or daughter in World War II. The letter expresses condolences and comfort to Rose Gilbert and was accompanied by a gift basket of grapefruits, as noted in the letter.
Contributing Partner: Fort Worth Jewish Archives