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Howard David Abramowitz (June 18, 1930 - April 9, 1990) was notable for his legal battles, along with co-defendant John Henry Harmon III, contesting an undesirable discharge from the Enlisted Reserve in Harmon v. Brucker.[1] In 1951 he was drafted and sent to service in the Korean War. After serving two years he was given a certificate of honorable separation and, as required by U.S. law, entered the Enlisted Reserve. Two years later, the U.S. Army concluded that he was a security risk due to activity in left-wing politics and to his membership in the Communist Party. In 1958 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that soldiers' discharges must be based solely on their military service records.[2] Afterwards the Army upgraded Abramowitz's discharge to honorable. The ruling also led to reviewing the discharges of 720 other former soldiers.[3]


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