July 19, 2019

Tammuz 16, 5779


Edwin M. Robins


Shevat 16, 5777

October 14, 1927 to February 11, 2017

Edwin M. Robins was very proud of being an American and of serving in the US Army, enlisting on the same day he graduated from high school in Pittsburgh, PA. His dedication continued through his involvement in JWV. Beginning with Post 44 in Cleveland, Ohio, Ed was active on County and State levels holding the position of Commander multiple times, eventually being elected to National Commander in 2009. His activities included serving on various committees on the Joint Veteran Commission of Cuyahoga County and the National Office of JWV. In 2006 he was elected to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. Various Posts awarded him the honor of Man of the Year and in 2010 he was chosen as Man of the Year by the NYC Police Dept. Shomrim Society. For over 20 years he served as a National Service Officer for JWV while volunteering nearly 8,000 hours at VA hospitals. In 2013, Ed received the Red Cross Volunteer Award. The American flag and the Jewish contribution to US history moved both Ed and Helene, his wife of nearly 62 years, to become Life Members of the NMAJMH. Helene, who passed away in 2013, always stood by his side, bringing her to be active in JWVA. He is survived by his children Michael, Joel (Marla) and Shari (Hannah) and his two granddaughters Eliana and Odelya.


Served from January 25, 1946 to July 21, 1947

Highest JWV Position

National Commander 2009-2010

Post or Auxiliary

Paul A. Rosenblum Post 44

Military Specialty

Sixth Army, Corp of Engineers


Sergeant Major


Victory Medal (1947), Bronze Medal of Four Chaplains (2010)