GREENBERG, HAROLD ELLIS, Second Lieutenant, # 0-796686, USAAF
Harold E. Greenberg was born on 22 February 1920 in Silver Spring, Maryland, to Joseph Andrew Greenberg (1891-1966) (Galicia, Austria) and Rae (Levin) Greenberg (1895-1940) (D.C.) (married 25 December 1913, Washington, D.C.). He attended Central High School, D.C. A sibling was Robert Milton Greenberg (1916-2009). He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman.
He registered for the WWII draft on 1 July 1941, employed by the U.S. Treasury Department, resided at 7101 Ninth St. NW, Washington, D.C., and described himself as 5’11”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and green eyes. He noted that he had a small scar over the bridge of his nose. He enlisted in the USAAF in Washington, D.C., on 23 January 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 20 December 1943 a C-46A Commando, # 41-12406, assigned to 10th Air Force, Mohanbari, India, departed on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chengkeng, China. The C-46 crashed and has not been found. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
His brother, Dr. Robert M. Greenberg, Ph.D. (Psychiatrist), born 24 October 1916, served in the U.S. Navy, Commander, during WWII and Korea, from 1942 to at least 1953. He founded the Jewish War Veterans organization to honor his brother. He died 7 March 2009 and is buried in the King David Memorial Gardens, Fairfax Co., Virginia.