July 19, 2019

Tammuz 16, 5779


Jack Kotler


Adar 2, 5765

September 3, 1911 to February 11, 2005

Jack Kotler enlisted on 4/6/42 and served in the Navy on the USS West Point (AP23). He was honorably discharged on 10/10/45 and returned home to his wife, Harriet, in New York, where he raised two sons, Michael and Ira. Active in the JWV, he earned countless certificates of merit and held numerous titles such as Editor of Veterans Viewpoint and National Deputy of Special Events. Among his other accomplishments, Jack was an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow, Scoutmaster of Troop 48 in Brooklyn, a lifeguard, a member of the championship rifle and track teams at Thomas Jefferson High School, and a talented pianist. Jack Kotler was a devoted husband for 62 years, a loving father and grandfather, a charitable person, a loyal friend, a word-jumble whiz, and a man who liked to laugh almost as much as he liked soup.

U.S. Navy

Served from April 6, 1942 to October 10, 1945

Highest JWV Position

National Deputy of Special Events

Post or Auxiliary

Edward Goldberg Post 519

Military Specialty

Pharmacist Mate First Class