By Monica Elizabeth Yost, Michael Markrich
"Who in 1943 may have foreseen Lutheran pastor from rural jap Pennsylvania will be blessed to dwell and inform one of these tale?" In October 1943, twenty-seven-year-old wrestle infantry chaplain Israel Yost arrived in Italy with the a hundredth Battalion, a little-known nationwide safeguard unit of generally jap americans from Hawaii. Yost used to be fearful while he realized of his project to this strange unit composed of squaddies with whom he felt he had little in universal and who have been more often than not Buddhists. yet this is able to quickly swap. sooner than lengthy, Yost discovered himself residing and dealing shoulder to shoulder with those males lower than enemy hearth in freezing temperatures and mountainous terrain. in the course of the problems and hazards, he had many possibilities to adventure and discover 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 mostly unintelligible Island pidgin, and his friendships with Captain Katsumi Kometani, the battalion’s morale officer and dentist; Captain Jack Mizuha, later a Hawaii preferrred courtroom justice; and Lieutenant Spark Matsunaga, who may move directly to serve many phrases as a senator from Hawaii. For the following nineteen months on the frontfrom Salerno to Monte Cassino to Anzio to Bruyeres, FranceYost assisted medics, retrieved our bodies from the battlefield, buried enemy infantrymen, struggled to reinforce morale because the variety of casualties rose greater and better, and wrote numerous letters of condolence, all as well as gratifying his ministerial tasks, which incorporated preaching within the foxholes. even though his sermons received few converts, Yost’s tireless strength and crisis for others earned him admiration from his fellow squaddies, who usually grew to become to him as a depended on pal and religious consultant. on the war’s finish, no different battalion might obtain as many and honors as! the a centesimal. Yost lower back to Pennsylvania and the lifetime of a small city pastor. 40 years later, with assistance from the letters he had written virtually day-by-day to his spouse and his box diaries, he wrote of his wartime studies within the hopes that they could at some point be released as a list of the impressive personality and accomplishments of the a hundredth. strive against Chaplin provides this heartfelt memoir intact with the addition of images and next letters and speeches by way of Yost and different veterans.
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We three, with what little baggage we had, traveled north by train from Wilmington, North Carolina. Although we had been promised that our coach would go straight through to Pennsylvania, at Rocky Point, North Carolina, we had to change trains. We waited several hours in a station crowded with service personnel and their families; like the rest of the travelers, I checked every train that pulled into the junction. When ours arrived, I hurried Peggy and little Monica into a coach and then went back for the rest of our luggage.
We even tried to coordinate the time, allowing for the six-hour difference between Italy and home. For lunch I ate a can of cold beans (C rations), supplementing it with tasty grapes from a nearby vineyard. The snores of the sleeping staff officers reassured me that all was well with the war. 20 It was prudent to get rest while it was possible. At dusk I ventured forth to locate the battalion aid station; there I got the medics to promise to keep a fine-looking German box for me to use to store hymnals.
Through the months of September and October, as the 100th moved north toward the Volturno River, they suffered their first heavy casualties. After crossing the Volturno and engaging in grueling fighting in the hills during November, they rested nineteen days at Alife during December. After Christmas, Yost was given five days’ leave in Naples. 2yost_1-65 28 5/9/06 3:24 PM Page 28 COMBAT CHAPLAIN was still in German possession). The AJAs, on board the SS Frederick Funston, climbed down into landing barges and then hiked six miles inland, except for E and F Companies, which were assigned to guard duty near the beach, the first at an ammunition dump and the second at a temporary airstrip.
Combat Chaplain: The Personal Story of the WWII Chaplain of the Japanese American 100th Battalion (A Latitude 20 Book) by Monica Elizabeth Yost, Michael Markrich