Local World War II vet takes honor flight to Washington

Local World War II vet takes honor flight to Washington

Albert Nahum of Paramus, 98, a retired World War II U.S. Army major, was among a group of 57 veterans on the Hudson Valley Honor Flight mission #30 on May 20. He was one of three World War II veterans; they were joined by six veterans from the Korean conflict, one from the Cold War era, and the rest from the Vietnam War.

The Hudson Valley Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that honors Americans for their sacrifices. It flies veterans to Washington, at no cost, to visit and reflect at the capital’s war memorials. Veterans are transported around DC by bus and attend a dinner in their honor. Each veteran is accompanied by a personal guardian and the HVHF flight team for the day-long trip. Mr. Nahum’s daughter, Dr. Laurie Nahum, accompanied him. Wherever the veterans went, people cheered and thanked them.

Mr. Nahum joined the Army in 1943 and served overseas for almost four years; later, he was a reserve officer. Locally, he was the commander of both the Jewish War Veterans Post 669 and the Bergen County JWV. He is a longtime active member of the Jewish Community Center of Paramus/Congregation Beth Tikvah, where he taught a current events class for many years. The shul honored Mr. Nahum and his wife, Gloria, for their many decades of service in 2014; they had been members since 1956. Al and Gloria Nahum were married for 65 years; she died in 2014. They had four children, Robert (Roberta) of West Orange, Laurie (Rick) of Wayne, Kenneth (Ann) of Colts Neck, and Debbie
(Christopher) Landsberg of NYC. They also had 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In 2022, with the help of his son-in-law Richard Krieger, Mr. Nahum self-published his autobiography, “Major Albert Nahum, The Early Years.”

For more information on the Honor Flight, go to hvhonorflight.com.

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