An American Rabbi in Korea: A Chaplain's Journey in the by Milton J. Rosen

By Milton J. Rosen

Throughout the top 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 big apple, documenting his wartime stories in addition to these of the servicemen below 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 so much poignant writing info the attempting conditions 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 adventure at the frontlines and within the usa army whereas additionally describing the influence 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 gives history on Milton Rosen's army provider earlier than and after the Korean clash. He provides an introductory evaluate of the conflict and contains priceless maps and pictures. The sum is a readable account of warfare and its turmoil from an astute and compassionate observer.

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We wait at the battered depot. It is a cold Sunday afternoon. The soldiers are con¤dent that we are ¤nally on the way to our assigned station, Wonsan. 3 This was the point from which the Americans had launched their counteroffensive against North Korea. This trip drags on with incredible slowness. The hours stretch out in burdensome fashion, and the cold days seem an eternity. It becomes colder minute by minute. Finally, a major drives up in a jeep. He makes a thorough inspection of the train and ¤nds the cars so neglected that they are not suitable for animals.

South Korean units attempted to hold back the progressive southward advance of the North Koreans, trying to provide time and space for the Twenty-fourth Division, now moving up to face the onslaught. Elements of the Twenty-fourth, however, now headquartered at Taejon, were pushed back ever southward and eastward, as they retreated at Pyongtaek and Chonan, falling back to the Kum River line, the last barrier before Taejon. The Americans had not yet found the solution to the enemy tactics, which were repeated consistently.

N. ” They could stop at the 38th, achieving a return to the status quo ante. They could cross the 38th and advance to a point approximately midway between the 38th and the Yalu River, effectively aborting the power of the North Korean state. Or they could continue on to the Yalu and unify the country. Already there were indirect threats emanating from China that the advance of American forces across the 38th would bring about the intervention of Chinese troops. The warning did not apply to South Korean soldiers.

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