By Milton J. Rosen
Through the peak of the Korean clash, 1950-51, Orthodox Jewish chaplain Milton J. Rosen wrote 19 feature-length articles for Der Morgen Zhornal, a Yiddish day-by-day in ny, documenting his wartime studies in addition to these of the servicemen lower than his care. Rosen was once between these approximately stuck within the chinese language entrapment of yankee and Allied forces in North Korea in past due 1950, and a few of his such a lot poignant writing info the making an attempt situations that confronted either squaddies and civilians in the course of that point. As chaplain, Rosen used to be in a position to provide a special account of the yank Jewish event at the frontlines and within the usa army whereas additionally describing the effect of the yank presence on Korean voters and their tradition. His curiosity in Korean attitudes towards Jews can also be an important subject matter inside of those articles. Stanley R. Rosen has translated his father's articles into English and offers historical past on Milton Rosen's army provider sooner than and after the Korean clash. He provides an introductory evaluate of the battle and comprises beneficial maps and pictures. The sum is a readable account of conflict and its turmoil from an astute and compassionate observer.
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Extra resources for An American Rabbi in Korea: A Chaplain's Journey in the Forgotten War (Judaic Studies Series)
December 4–December 25, 1950 / 33 Der Morgen Zhornal, December 25, 1950 Sent to the Front in Korea as Chinese Begin Offensive by Chaplain Milton J. Rosen Editors’ note: the last news we had regarding Chaplain Milton J. Rosen was of his involvement in the Chinese trap at Chosen Reservoir in Korea. Chaplain Rosen, the spiritual leader of the Jewish soldiers in Korea, conducted religious services for the soldiers and Marines through the entire period of the bitter ¤ght to break out of the encirclement and force a way through to the port of Hamhung.
December 4–December 25, 1950 / 31 Our lighting consists of several small candles. We spread out. It is cold, cramped, gloomy. One can hardly move a limb. Finally, with a whistle blow, the locomotive lurches from the spot. After we have traveled only ten minutes, several soldiers shoot through the openings into the air. This is apparently done to warn the enemy that we are prepared to repel a sudden attack. No one is fooled. Everyone knows the mountains are full of the enemy troops, which lie in wait.
N. side did not even have effective antitank weapons. N. Command, but also rapid deployment of ground troops was urgent. S. Eighth Army. The Twenty-fourth Division was the ¤rst American unit to deploy in strength on the peninsula. This division was under the command of General William F. Dean, who sent an advance force to Pusan, in southeast Korea on July 1, under Lieutenant Colonel Charles B. Smith. Task Force Smith, as it became known, arrived at Taejon, midway between the 38th parallel and Pusan on July 2, consisting of less than ¤ve hundred men.
An American Rabbi in Korea: A Chaplain's Journey in the Forgotten War (Judaic Studies Series) by Milton J. Rosen