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Levy, Bert “Yank”locked

(05 October 1897–02 September 1965)
  • Allan E. Levine

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Levy, Bert “Yank” (05 October 1897–02 September 1965), soldier and writer, was born Isaac Meyer Levy, according to a 1945 transcript of his Ontario birth certificate (Wikipedia offers incorrectly that his name at birth was Albert), in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, one of ten children of Samuel Levy, a tailor and sometime horse doctor, and Sarah Pollock. Shortly after Levy's birth the family relocated to Buffalo, New York, finally putting down roots in Cleveland, Ohio, when Levy was about seven. Levy, initially a frail child, left school at sixteen when his father was critically injured in a trolley accident. Employed in a variety of jobs to help support his younger siblings, Levy developed himself mentally and physically through the Boy Scouts and boxing. Years later he had numerous bouts in Ohio and Pennsylvania, though it is unclear whether they were amateur or professional. As a teenager, Levy worked for four years for the Kaber Printing Company in Cleveland....

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