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Edward M. Almond and the US ArmyFrom the 92nd Infantry Division to the X Corps$
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Michael E. Lynch

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177984

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177984.001.0001

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Tragedy and Redemption

Tragedy and Redemption


(p.134) 9 Tragedy and Redemption
Edward M. Almond and the US Army

Michael E. Lynch

University Press of Kentucky

With Marshall’s permission, Almond reorganized the 92nd Infantry Division, keeping all the “best” soldiers in one regiment, while farming out the other three regiments for training and other duties. Almond gained a white infantry and the 442nd Infantry (Nisei) Regiment, whose combat performance was already legendary. This made the 92nd Infantry Division the most racially integrated division in the Army, and it acquitted itself well. The elation Almond felt at finally seeing his unit succeed, however, could not assuage a crushing sadness: his son was killed in combat. His letters home to Margaret reveal a father’s anguish, his seething anger, and his love for and devotion to his only grandson, and his steadfast intent to carry on with the mission. Almond’s tremendous work ethic and dynamic personality helped him push past his personal grief and focus on his mission.

Keywords:   reorganization, 442nd Infantry Regiment (Nisei), Son killed

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