He earned a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, a World War II Victory Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge for service in the European Theater of Operations.
After V-E Day, because he could speak German, Koch was sent to Bavaria to help remove Nazi public officials from their jobs and find non-Nazis to take their place.
Koch was first elected mayor of New York City in 1977, and he won reelection in 1981 with 75% of the vote.
He was the first New York City mayor to win endorsement on both the Democratic and Republican party tickets.
Koch was a sole practitioner from 1949 to 1964, and a partner with Koch, Lankenau, Schwartz & Kovner from 1965 to 1968.
A Democrat, he became active in New York City politics as a reformer and opponent of Carmine De Sapio and Tammany Hall.If your own flesh and blood were brutally murdered, would you want the culprit to live the rest of their life in a cell, or be forced to meet the same fate your innocent loved one did?This is the question that former New York City mayor, Edward I.In a close race, Koch lost the 1989 Democratic primary to his successor, David Dinkins.where he served as an infantryman with the 104th Infantry Division, landing in Cherbourg, France, in September 1944.In 1985, Koch was elected to a third term with 78% of the vote.His third term was fraught with scandal regarding political associates (although the scandal never touched him personally) and with racial tensions, including the murder of Yusuf Hawkins a month before the 1989 mayoral primary.In April 1973, Koch coined the term "Watergate Seven" when, in response to U. Koch met with residents of the community, most of whom were against the proposal. role in advancing human rights within the context of fighting Communism. cut off military aid and supplies to the government of Uruguay, which was a dictatorship.He was convinced by their arguments, and spoke out against the plan, shocking some of his liberal allies. He had particular influence in the foreign aid budget, as he sat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations. In mid-July 1976, the CIA learned that two high-level Uruguayan intelligence officers had discussed a possible assassination attempt on Koch by Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional (DINA), the Chilean secret police.As a congressman and after his terms as mayor, Koch was a fervent supporter of Israel. A lifelong bachelor with no children, Koch rebuffed speculation about his sexuality and refused to publicly discuss his romantic relationships.After his retirement from politics, he declared that he was heterosexual.