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By Monica Elizabeth Yost, Michael Markrich

"Who in 1943 can have foreseen Lutheran pastor from rural japanese 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 one centesimal Battalion, a little-known nationwide safeguard unit of regularly eastern americans from Hawaii. Yost used to be frightened whilst he realized of his task to this strange unit composed of squaddies with whom he felt he had little in universal and who have been typically Buddhists. yet this could quickly switch. earlier than lengthy, Yost discovered himself dwelling and dealing shoulder to shoulder with those males less than enemy hearth in freezing temperatures and mountainous terrain. in the course of the problems and hazards, he had many possibilities to event 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 ideally suited courtroom justice; and Lieutenant Spark Matsunaga, who could cross 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 infantrymen, struggled to reinforce morale because the variety of casualties rose greater and better, and wrote numerous letters of condolence, all as well as enjoyable his ministerial tasks, which integrated preaching within the foxholes. even though his sermons received few converts, Yost’s tireless power and main issue for others earned him admiration from his fellow squaddies, who frequently grew to become to him as a relied on good friend and religious consultant. on the war’s finish, no different battalion could obtain as many and honors as! the one centesimal. Yost again to Pennsylvania and the lifetime of a small city pastor. 40 years later, with the aid of 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 a hundredth. strive against Chaplin provides this heartfelt memoir intact with the addition of pictures and next letters and speeches through Yost and different veterans.

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2. James W. Lovell (1907–2001) was originally from Nebraska and came to Hawaii as a young teacher. He was well known to many young AJAs because of his role as a coach at high schools such as Roosevelt and McKinley, which had large AJA populations. He was severely wounded at the battle of Cassino. After the war he returned to Hawaii and began work as the manager of the lumber department at Lewers and Cooke. He rose from that position to become president of the company. Later he became president of Mid-Pacific Airlines.

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. The leader of the Fifth Army was Gen. Mark Clark. 15. Hawaiian word used to refer to Caucasians, which can be used in a derogatory way.

George C. Marshall, with the consent of Secretary of War Stimson, approved the formation of an all-Nisei combat team in addition to the 100th Battalion. For several months a group of officials had been urging this action. The implementation of this decision would radically alter the government’s policy toward AJAs. Induction of Japanese Americans in the days immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack had been left to the discretion of local draft boards. On March 30, 1942, an order of the War Department had discontinued the induction of all Nisei on the West Coast.

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