A young Army chaplain’s journal and letters from the Battle of Iwo Jima

Go Forward into the Storm
An Iwo Jima Journal

by Kerry Hotaling

Reverend Gage Hotaling was a young minister in his first church when Pearl Harbor was bombed and America was drawn into World War II. As the war dragged on, he felt the need to enlist, so he could successfully preach to this generation. He joined the Navy in 1944, only to end up assigned to the Marines. His first action was on Iwo Jima, the bloodiest battle for the Marine Corps during the war. This book tells of his experiences on that island along with his formative years in seminary and his early ministry. He was a selfless man who spent his life serving God, never seeking fame or recognition. Fifty-five years after the battle, he was bestowed with a most fitting tribute.

ISBN 978-1-938985-91-1 • 5.5 x 8.5 paperback • 156 pgs • $14.95

GFITS3-4“The protagonist in this work is a man of indomitable courage, humble self-assessment and in possession of an irresistible will to action … his father.  . . . The narrative is both moving and frightening.  . . . But even amid all the gore and horror in those black sands some seventy+ years ago, we see in this humble man’s actions poetic beauty as he selflessly exposes himself to harm’s way while tending to the wounded hordes, sending many to their final resting place. The actions of Iwo Jima are skillfully interwoven with Hotaling’s father’s coming into a spiritual life, as well as the events that led to his enlistment.” —GLbway, Amazon Reviewer
“Deeply personal and inspiring. Although heart-wrenching at times, the book chronicles one reverend’s incredibly inspiring experiences through the battle of Iwo Jima. Beyond the battlefield, it details the man’s desire to help, connect with and inspire a generation who lived through the dark times of World War II. A pleasure to read.” —Kevin C., Amazon Reviewer
“Fabulous book! Well written, interesting & captivating! Another of the greatest generation who didn’t speak of his time in the war – just did what he felt he had to do. and he did it well! Great book for WWII buffs!”—Amazon Review