June 25, 2018

Tammuz 12, 5778


PNC Ralph Plofsky


Elul 20, 5763

January 1, 1914 to September 16, 2003

PNC Ralph Plofsky had been a national spokesman for the JWV and for the Jewish community. He earned that privilege by serving the United States in two major wars, World War II and the Korean War. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Ralph Plofsky, a practicing lawyer and a graduate of New York University Law School, became the first married man from White Plains, New York, to be drafted into the Army. Soon after the fall of Bataan, he sent a letter home from Fort Jackson, South Carolina, saying that Army morale was high and that his fellow soldiers in the 305th Infantry, 77th Division, wanted to get into the thick of fighting. “Tell everyone this Army is going to win the war—and I mean it” He served until 1945, mostly in the Pacific, and earned the rank of captain in the infantry. He was recalled to duty in 1951 during the Korean War and shipped to Korea. Fortunately he came back safely a second time, immediately resumed the practice of law, and became active in White Plains, serving two years as president of hi synagogue, the Hebrew Institute, and being among the first six persons named to the White Plains Human Rights Commission. The White Plains Brotherhood Committee later gave him a city award for his dedication to the cause of Brotherhood. Ralph was a member of White Plains Post 191, serving first as Post Commander, later as State Commander of the Department of New York, and finally as National Commander of JWV. It was while he was National Commander that he traveled throughout the United States and to far parts of the world to carry his message. And his message was loud and clear, speaking directly to such notable personalities as President Lyndon Johnson and Pope Paul VI during a good will tour that also took him to Israel. During a term as national judge advocate, he took on George Lincoln Rockwell, the controversial leader of the American Nazi Party. Upon being elect3ed National Commander in 1964, he told delegates that he was concerned over the growth of far-right groups in the United States. A battler for the plight of Jews in the Soviet Union, he helped organized a rally that filled the Westchester County Center in White Plains and drew speakers like Arthur Goldberg and a former chief justice of Israel. He married the former Tobie (Tillie) Orlofsky, and they had two children, Linda and Alan. For the past years, he had lived in Florida with his second wife, the former Adele Badders.

U.S. Army

Served the country honorably.

Highest JWV Position

National Commander

Post or Auxiliary

White Plains Post 191

Military Specialty

Infantry Officer