By Milton J. Rosen
In the course of 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 manhattan, documenting his wartime studies 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 such a lot poignant writing information the making an attempt conditions that confronted either infantrymen and civilians in the course of that point. As chaplain, Rosen was once in a position to provide a special account of the yankee 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 is usually 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 carrier ahead of and after the Korean clash. He provides an introductory evaluation of the battle and comprises valuable maps and images. The sum is a readable account of battle and its turmoil from an astute and compassionate observer.
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We waited in Pusan more than a week for a ship to take us to Wonsan. I used the waiting time to acquaint myself a little with the life of the Koreans. Every evening I would leave the camp and go for a walk through the streets of Pusan. Here in the city one sees a mixture of the old and the new Korea. One sees the men and women either in the white, shroudlike garment or in modern clothing, but nearly all of them carry a package on their heads or shoulders. Among the passersby are old men, genuine elders, who carry on their shoulders a sort of wooden saddle, constructed like a stool.
Only a day earlier, the radio reported the guerrillas had entrapped about three hundred Americans, of whom more than twenty had been shot to death. One comes to the conclusion that the best medicine for fear is to go to sleep, but sleep does not come easily on this cold, hard ®oor. We lack blankets, and it takes a few hours before sleep ¤nally envelops us and frees us from fear and worry. The dawn appears early. The awakened soldiers are enthusiastically cooking up some coffee. The dirt around us had already invested our bodies, but we have no complaints.
They enjoy their rations, become cheerful, and sing songs. 4 Finally, we are shown the train that is to take us from here. At ¤rst sight, our hearts sink. It is a long train of boxcars. However, we make peace with our lot, if only we can now lay down our weary, tired out bodies. The soldiers, with their full packs, ¤ll up the cars. Each car must accommodate thirty-three men. It has actually been calculated how much space each soldier needs to stretch out on the ®oor. Inside, soldiers are chopping wood for ¤res to keep them warm on the long ride to Pusan.