In October 1943, twenty seven year old combat infantry chaplain Israel Yost arrived in Italy with the 100th Battalion, a little known National Guard unit of mostly Japanese Americans from Hawai i Yost was apprehensive when he learned of his assignment to this unusual unit composed of soldiers with whom he felt he had little in common and who were mostly Buddhists But this would soon change.For the next nineteen months at the front from Salerno to Monte Cassino to Anzio to Bruyeres Yost assisted medics, retrieved bodies from the battlefield, buried enemy soldiers, struggled to bolster morale as the number of casualties rose higher and higher, and wrote countless letters of condolence, all in addition to fulfilling his ministerial duties, which included preaching in the foxholes Although his sermons won few converts, Yost s tireless energy and concern for others earned him admiration from his fellow soldiers, who often turned to him as a trusted friend and spiritual advisor.Forty years after the war had ended, with the help of his field diaries and the letters he had written almost daily to his wife, Yost wrote of his wartime experiences in the hopes that they might one day be published as a record of the remarkable character and accomplishments of the 100th Combat Chaplain presents this heartfelt memoir intact with the addition of photographs and subsequent letters and speeches by Yost and other veterans....
|Title||:||Combat Chaplain: The Personal Story of the WWII Chaplain of the Japanese American 100th Battalion (A Latitude 20 Book)|
|Publisher||:||University of Hawaii Press July 31, 2006|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||969 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Combat Chaplain: The Personal Story of the WWII Chaplain of the Japanese American 100th Battalion (A Latitude 20 Book) Reviews
Out of curiosity, I purchased this book to gain insight into how a Chaplain of the Christian faith would interface with the men of the infamous Japanese American 100th Battalion, many who were of the Buddhist faith. While one story from one Chaplain, I was impressed with the multiple duties carried out by Chaplain Yost and the bonding that seemed to prevail between he and the men that he served. Despite the risks, he undertook serving his fellow men on both sides of the conflict.
Hard to read. Too tedious...much like a dry sermon.
Our present day army has only a relatively few divisions when compared to the 99 divisions it had at the end of World War II. As it has gotten deactivated divisions, it has retained the divisions that hold the highest honor. The 1st Division and the 29th Division went into Omaha on D-Day; they are still Army divisions.
When my aunt told me about this book being published, I found and purchased it. The author, Monica Yost, was a high school classmate and friend of mine who I had lost touch with over the years. I started reading the last part of the book first about his family and now have a deeper respect for this Combat Chaplain and admiration for Monica for publishing this labor of love. I plan to read the entire book in the near future. My best wishes go to the whole family whom were blessed with his presence and guidance.
I purchased the book for my mom. Pastor Yost was the pastor at the church where she grew up and he confirmed her. She is enjoying the book very much.
This is the greatest book. The Chaplain who lived this experience was very brave, caring and brilliant.