Gold Star Mother

Gold Star Mother was the name conferred on mothers and widows of WWI and WWII military personnel who made the supreme sacrifice during the wars. My wife's great grandmother, Lena Goldberg, lost a son, Israel Goldberg, in WWI. Here is her GSM medal.
Sgt. Goldberg was killed in the First Battle of Marne while in the Third Division of the US Army. While his remains were missing, his name is listed on the memorial wall at the AISNE-MARNE AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL
Gold Star
GSM Trip In 1930, Mrs. Goldberg was one of the GSM, and leader of the Yonkers NY contingent that visted the graves and battle sites in France. An interesting side note, that the medal and trip were before WWII started that WWI was called THE WORLD WAR in the documentation that came with the medal. Here is the medallion that she wore during the trip to France.
Lena Goldberg's passport for her trip to France with the Gold Star Mothers
Entry for Sgt Goldberg in the Fort Sheridan Association History and Achievements

And what's the transit connection? The Staten Island Ferry had a boat in the 1937 series named Gold Star Mother, in honor of the nations GSM's.Here are two photos from The Staten Island Ferry by George W. Hilton, published in 1964.

In South Ferry Slip next to the President Roosevelt (Teddy)
Passenger Loading Good view of the pilot house and name.

Copyright © 1998 Joseph D. Korman