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Moses Rabson, 91, Orthopedic Surgeon and Former War Hero

June 12, 2008
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Moses Rabson, 91, an orthopedic surgeon and war hero, died May 28 at Rydal Park. He was a resident of Cheltenham.

Born in Philadelphia, Rabson graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in 1941.

Rabson attained the rank of captain in the Army Medical Corps of the 3rd Armored Division during World War II, and was awarded a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, a Combat Medic Badge, a EuroTheatre medal and five battle stars.

While in Mons, Belgium, a fellow soldier was hurt when a shell struck his tank. Rabson saw that the man was trapped inside the tank with his leg irreparably injured. He received a Silver Star for amputating the man's leg while in the tank and under continuous German shell fire, carrying him back in his arms to an area of cover.

He received the Purple Heart for being shot in the abdomen while giving medical support in Busbank, Germany, and a Bronze Star for heroic action in Normandy. He was recently honored by the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons' "Legacy of Heroes" Commemoration.

Rabson's orthopedic practice was generally conservative, preferring to prescribe exercises to treat many conditions. His hospital affiliations were Albert Einstein Medical Center, the former Rolling Hill Hospital and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.

He was active in the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Philadelphia County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania orthopedic societies. He was a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Also, Rabson was an associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the Temple University School of Medicine and vice chairman in the Medical Division of the Allied Jewish Appeal.

Rabson is survived by his wife, Frances Rabson; daughter Dr. Sylvia Karasu; son Dr. Joseph A. Rabson; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El, 133 W. Cheltenham Ave., Cheltenham, PA 19012.

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