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Combat Chaplain: The Personal Story of the WWII Chaplain of by Monica Elizabeth Yost, Michael Markrich

By Monica Elizabeth Yost, Michael Markrich

"Who in 1943 can have foreseen Lutheran pastor from rural jap Pennsylvania will be blessed to dwell and inform this kind of tale?" In October 1943, twenty-seven-year-old wrestle infantry chaplain Israel Yost arrived in Italy with the one hundredth Battalion, a little-known nationwide shield unit of as a rule eastern americans from Hawaii. Yost was once frightened while he discovered of his project to this strange unit composed of infantrymen with whom he felt he had little in universal and who have been generally Buddhists. yet this might quickly swap. sooner than lengthy, Yost came across himself dwelling and dealing shoulder to shoulder with those males lower than enemy fireplace in freezing temperatures and mountainous terrain. in the course of the problems and hazards, he had many possibilities to adventure and realize the generosity of the warriors towards himself and others, together with the Italian peasants they encountered. He wrote to his spouse in their obsession with discovering clean meals to complement their C-rations, their principally unintelligible Island pidgin, and his friendships with Captain Katsumi Kometani, the battalion’s morale officer and dentist; Captain Jack Mizuha, later a Hawaii best court docket justice; and Lieutenant Spark Matsunaga, who could move directly to serve many phrases as a senator from Hawaii. For the subsequent nineteen months on the front­from Salerno to Monte Cassino to Anzio to Bruyeres, France­Yost assisted medics, retrieved our bodies from the battlefield, buried enemy squaddies, struggled to reinforce morale because the variety of casualties rose larger and better, and wrote numerous letters of condolence, all as well as pleasing his ministerial tasks, which integrated preaching within the foxholes. even if his sermons received few converts, Yost’s tireless strength and crisis for others earned him admiration from his fellow squaddies, who frequently grew to become to him as a relied on pal and non secular consultant. on the war’s finish, no different battalion might obtain as many and honors as! the one hundredth. Yost lower back to Pennsylvania and the lifetime of a small city pastor. 40 years later, with assistance from the letters he had written nearly day-by-day to his spouse and his box diaries, he wrote of his wartime reviews within the hopes that they could sooner or later be released as a checklist of the awesome personality and accomplishments of the one centesimal. wrestle Chaplin offers this heartfelt memoir intact with the addition of photos and next letters and speeches via Yost and different veterans.

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Shigeo ( Joe) Takata shouted, “It’s the first time so I’m going first,” and walked forward, firing his automatic rifle at a machine-gun nest he had spotted. Shrapnel hit him in the head, but before dying he told a buddy who had crawled up to him where the emplacement was. Before the enemy positions were taken, another soldier, Keichi Tanaka, was killed and seven others wounded. m. on this day, the One Puka Puka actually contacted the enemy. Sergeant Takata was awarded the DSC (Distinguished Service Cross) posthumously.

9. ” 10. Second-generation Japanese Americans; American-born children of Japanese immigrants. 11. Jack Mizuha (1913–1986) later became a Hawaii Supreme Court justice. 12. A shallow dish on which bread is laid at the celebration of the Eucharist. 13. Clothing worn by a minister during services: an ankle-length, long-sleeved, black robe beneath a shorter, white garment with wide sleeves. 14. The Fifth Army was made up of the 36th Division, the 34th Division, of which the 100 th Battalion was part, the 45th Division, the 82nd Airborne, as well as a ranger and commando force.

As “puka” means “hole” in Hawaiian, the number 100 was described as a 1 followed by two holes. 2yost_1-65 5/9/06 3:24 PM Page 19 TWO The Making of the 100 th O 158,000 persons of Japanese ancestry lived in and 127,000 in the continental United States. the Hawaiian The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor horrified not just a majority of these people but almost every one of them, whether they had emigrated from Japan or had been born American citizens. Few, if any, could foresee how profoundly their lives would be changed as a consequence of this single day in history.

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