Two weeks after the
regiment activation, word began to leak out
about the fact that two chaplains in the 508th were going to train as paratroopers.
The first known article went out through the Associated Press and was published in the Springfield Republican
(Springfield, MA) on November 30, 1942. Since it featured a "local
boy" the paper added some details on Lt. Maternowski's background
Even though there was
no local connection, a Spanish language paper, Prensa [The Press], of San
Antonio TX followed suit with an edited version which appeared the following
day, December 1, 1942.
The fact that the
regiment had barely begun basic training and jump school was another four
months away didn't seem to matter; a good story sells papers and also brings
in new Army recruits! As for Lts Elder and Maternowski, there was no
going back now, the pressure was on!
TO JUMP WITH MEN
Maternowski of Parachute Regiment Ready to Do Everything Troops Do
Camp Blanding, Fla.,
Nov. 29 —
(AP) The two chaplains of the 508th parachute infantry at Camp Blanding are
preparing to do everything that troops do, even to jumping.
They are Lieut James L. Elder, 24 of New Orleans, a Protestant, and Lieut
Ignatius Maternowski, 30, of Holyoke, Mass., a Catholic. Both volunteered to act
as spiritual leaders for the sky soldiers because the: thought they could do the most
Holyoke, Nov. 20 Lieut
Maternowski Is the son of Walenty
and Wlktorya Maternowski of 18 Prospectt street, this city. He Is 30 years old and graduated from
the Mater Dolorosa schools in this city and later graduated from St Hyacinth
seminary in Granby, in 1938. Shortly after he was ordained into the Order of Minor Conventuals and until his enlistment as a
chaplain about a year ago, [he] traveled in the United States as one of a. group of
(Springfield, MA), Page 7, November 30, 1942
Capellanes que actuaran
como simples soldados
CAMP BLANDING, Fla., novembre 30 -- (AP)--
Los. dos capellanes del 508 regimlento de paracaidistas en Camp :Blanding,
se esan preparando para hacer todo lo que las tropas hagan, .incluso. saltar
. desde los aviones
Los dos capellanes son: el tenlente James L Elder, de 24 an os, natlvo de
Nueva Orleans, y de rellgion protestante; el otro es catolico, y su nonbre
es Ignatius Maternowslcl, de 30 .anas, de Holyoke, Mass;
Prensa, San Antonio TX, Page 1, December 1, 1942
Chaplains who act as simple
Two chaplains of the 508 regiment of
paratroopers at Camp: Blanding, are preparing to do everything the
troops do, even. jump from airplanes.
The two chaplains are: Lieutenant James L
Elder, 24, a native of New Orleans, and Protestant religion; the other
is Catholic, and his name is Ignatius Maternowski 30, of Holyoke, Mass.