Benjamin Witt (1900-1979)

Benjamin Witt was born July 9, 1900 in Austria. He came to New York with his three sisters in 1905; his parents had immigrated two years earlier. He joined the National Guard in 1915, and was recruited by the British Army in 1918. He was in the Jewish Legion and spent time in Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Jordan, doing little fighting but lots of marching. After the war he returned to New York and moved to Vancouver, Washington in 1944 to work for the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) until he retired in 1965.