May 11, 2014

Positivity: Argonne to Afghanistan, a Bible visits both a century apart

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Bagram Airfield, Afghanstan (HT to Bill Sloat):

Posted 4/25/2014 Updated 4/25/2014

Warren Knoble was a 22 year-old U.S. Army private in World War I. As he fought across the French countryside, he carried a small Bible with him.

Nearly 100 years later, his great-grandson carries that same Bible daily while deployed to Afghanistan.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Eric Hulshizer, a native of Edmond, Okla., and deployed out of Robins Air Force Base, is the finance officer for the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing’s finance office at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Shortly before he left home, his uncle presented him with the small book.

“It looked a little weathered, a little worn. I thought it was a nice gift, but I didn’t realize the significance until I opened it. That’s when I knew it was pretty unique,” said Hulshizer. When he opened the cover, he found a handwritten entry saying that it was carried across France during World War I in 1918 and 1919.

Knoble was a machine gunner in Company D, 305th Machine Gun Battalion, and fought in the Battle of the Argonne, one of the bloodiest single battles in U.S. history, with over 26,000 U.S. soldiers being killed. Upon returning home, he became a rural mail carrier for many years in Lafayette, Ohio, the town where he was born and lived his entire life.

After its time in France, the history of the Bible is unclear, until Hulshizer received it last fall. Since then, he has carried it in the United States, through Kyrgyzstan, and around Afghanistan, tucked inside his uniform shirt pocket. …

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