Chaplain (Major) Earle C. Hochwald

Earle Charles Hochwald was born on August 19, 1911. He was appointed as a Congregational Chaplain September 10, 1942 .  He attended Chaplain School at Harvard University in November 1942. 

 Hochwald died on March 6, 2000 in Scottsdale, Airzona.



His Silver Star Citation reads:

Captain EARLE C. HOCHWALD, O-595414, Chaplains Corps, United States Army. During the attack against Intramuros in Manila, on 23 February 1945, Captain HOCHWALD entered the Walled City with the leading rifle company, and upon discovering groups of women and children released by the enemy to confuse our attack, personally lead them to safety while exposed to hostile small arms and mortar fire. He returned to the scene of the action again and again until through his heroic efforts he had aided 250 civilians caught in the center of the battle. On 10 June 1945 at Orioung Pass, Chaplain HOCHWALD went alone into an area under intense Japanese mortar fire to search for the bodies of dead and missing men from his battalion. He courageously continued on his mission while hostile shells exploded within a few yards of him. Chaplain HOCHWALD’s fearless actions were an inspiration to his fellow soldiers. Home address: Mrs. Earle C. Hochwald, (Wife), 63 Pearl Street, Middleboro, Massachusetts

His first Bronze Star citation reads:

Chaplain (Captain) Earle C. Hochwald, 0495414, for performance of meritorious service against the enemy at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 9 March through 13 March 1944. As an infantry battalion chaplain during a savage and prolonged attack by the enemy, Chaplain Hochwald seemingly disregarding enemy fire, spared no effort, day or night, to visit all the wounded. During a shortage of litter bearers he volunteered his services. He continually exposed himself to enemy fire by searching for American dead and assuring them a Christian burial, unhesitatingly entering exposed pillboxes to search for dead or wounded. His concern for the welfare of the wounded and proper finding and burial of the dead were an important factor in maintaining the morale of his organization.

Research on Chaplain Hochwald's second Bronze Star citation is pending


Hochwald's four pocket Class A Uniform

Ribbon bars
37th Infantry Division shoulder patch
Officially engraved Silver Star
Officially engraved Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster
Hochwald receiving the Purple Heart, for wounds received in action 11 March 1944 at Bougainville.
Hochwald's medal and photo lot