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PRESUMPTIVE SUCCESS

   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!
 

HOLYOKE CHAPLAIN
TO JUMP WITH MEN

Lieut Ignatius 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 good there.


Holyoke, Nov. 20 Lieut Ignatius, 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 Franciscan missioners.

Springfield Republican (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 soldiers

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.