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Byline: Deborah Josefson

Tank on city street, black and white image


Alum, WWII hero to be celebrated on Memorial Day

Nearly 4,000 miles separate Cornell’s campus in Ithaca, New York, from Petange, Luxembourg, yet they are linked through the achievements and wartime exploits of a World War II soldier, 2nd Lt. Hyman Josefson ’29, J.D. ’31.

Once the “unknown soldier,” Josefson is venerated in Petange as a symbol of the heroism and sacrifice of all American soldiers, and recognized as the first U.S. soldier to die for the liberation of Luxembourg.