July 20, 2018

Av 8, 5778


PNC Charles Feuereisen


Adar I 8, 5768

May 18, 1918 to February 13, 2008

Past National Commander Charles Feuereisen, who served as National Commander of the JWV in 1968-89, died in Delray Beach, FL, at the age of 89. His beloved wife of 55 years, Helene, died just 10 days later. PNC Feuereisen was born in New York City and attended City College of New York before entering military service in 1942. He saw action with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific Area. While holding the rank of Sergeant, he was severely wounded and spent almost a year in military hospitals convalescing from his combat wounds. For his heroism under fire, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. His Unit received a Distinguished Unit Citation. Immediately after returning home from the war, Mr. Feuereisen organized the Ascher Post 226 in the Bronx, NY, and was soon named Americanism Chairman for the Department of NY. After moving to New Jersey in 1953, he organized JWV Post 773 in New Milford. His talents were quickly noted, and was elected Commander of Bergen County in 1955, State Commander in 1962, and Commander of the Third Region in 1963. He also served as Chairman of the Tri-State Action Committee (coordinating the action of programs of the JWV Departments of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and was Chairman of the JWV Foreign Affairs Committee, and in that capacity represented JWV at both national and international meetings. He was a delegate to the International Conference of Jewish War Veterans held in London in 1967, the same year he met with the Chancellor of Austria and other ministerial officials and had talks with them on vital matters affecting world Jewry. At the JWV National Convention in 1968, he was elected National Commander. In addition to the JWV, Mr. Feuereisen, a food broker, was active in the VFW, B'nai Brith, the Grocery Manufacturer's Association, and the Knights of the Grip, a fraternal organization for salesmen. He continued to be active in the JWV until the end of his life, and he was proud of having raised thousands of dollars for the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, a museum he felt was a beacon reminding Americans that Jews have served and died for their country. He is survived by his daughter Dr. Patti Feuereisen, his son-in-law Mark Rowley, and his granddaughter of whom he was very proud, Aviva Rowley.

Highest JWV Position

National Commander

Military Specialty

Parachute Trooper




Purple Heart, Silver and Bronze Stars