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by Westdale Virgil Westdale,Stephanie A. Gerdes

Author: Westdale Virgil Westdale,Stephanie A. Gerdes
Subcategory: Memoirs
Language: English
Publisher: iUniverse (December 17, 2009)
Pages: 296 pages
Category: Biographies
Rating: 4.4
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Virgil W. Westdale was born in 1918 and grew up on a midwestern farm.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In 1942, Virgil Westdale was a successful young flight instructor when the government ousted him from the Air Corps and demoted him to army private. The son of a Caucasian mother and Japanese father, Virgil W.

Blue Skies and Thunder book. Having grown up as a Japanese American midwestern farm boy, Westdale had his first taste of Japanese culture when he was sent to train with the all Japanese American unit, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

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Inventor, TSA Officer, and WW II Soldier of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

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By Virgil Westdale and Stephanie A. Gerdes. Having grown up as a hapa Japanese American mid-western farm boy, Westdale had his first taste of Japanese culture when he was.

In 1942, Virgil Westdale was a successful young flight instructor when the government ousted him from the Air Corps and demoted him to army private

In 1942, Virgil Westdale was a successful young flight instructor when the government ousted him from the Air Corps and demoted him to army private. Having grown up as a Japanese American midwestern farm boy, Westdale had his first taste of Japanese culture when he was sent to train with the all Japanese American unit, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team

Virgil Westdale, is a World Was II veteran and has been featured on the news here locally. It's entitled "Blue Skies, And Thunder" It's the Story Of A Farm Boy, Pilot, Inventor, Author, TSA Officer and World War II Soldier, and member of the notorious 442nd Regiment Combat Team.

Virgil Westdale, is a World Was II veteran and has been featured on the news here locally. net) Found out today that there. I LOVE talking to people like this who have lived a full life, remembers what and how they were feeling when they went through pivitol moments in time. This guy is one of those people. When I [played this for someone today, a man, he teared up.

Virgil Westdale’s exceptional life story might never have been published had he not attended a Halloween dance

Virgil Westdale’s exceptional life story might never have been published had he not attended a Halloween dance. Unsure of what to wear, the World War II veteran donned his Army uniform of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, nearly sixty years after issue and still a perfect fit. On the dance floor, he met Stephanie Gerdes, who remarked, it’s not really a costume, is it? After many more questions spanning two years, the two collaborated on Westdale’s autobiography, Blue Skies and Thunder: Farm Boy, Pilot, Inventor, TSA Officer, and WWII Soldier of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

pilot, inventor, TSA officer, and World War II soldier of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team : memoir of a Japanese American, cby Virgil W. Westdale with Stephanie A. Gerdes

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Westdale's book Blue Skies and Thunder, coauthored with Stephanie Gerdes, traces his life from boyhood in rural Indiana, to service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe, to postwar careers as inventor, businessman, ballroom dancer, and TSA officer. During World War II, Westdale was demoted from Air Corps flight trainer to Army private because his father was a Japanese immigrant. With the 442nd he helped push the Nazis out of France and assisted survivors at Dachau.

In 1942, Virgil Westdale was a successful young flight instructor when the government ousted him from the Air Corps and demoted him to army private. Having grown up as a Japanese American midwestern farm boy, Westdale had his first taste of Japanese culture when he was sent to train with the all Japanese American unit, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He was ultimately transferred to the 522nd Artillery Battalion, where, as a member of the Fire Direction Center, he helped push the Germans out of Italy, rescue the "Lost Battalion" in France, and free prisoners from Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany.

After the war, Westdale went on to pursue a career in research and development with large corporations. He received twenty-five U.S. patents and earned an international award for his work with photocopier components. In retirement, he has been working for the TSA, returning to the worlds of aviation and national security.

Written for the lay reader as well as the history buff, Westdale's stories of World War II challenge preconceived notions of what we think we know about a soldier's life in Europe and offer images that go beyond the history books.

John H. Mumma, Colonel, US Army Retired Federal Security Director, Transportation Security Administration

Virgil Westdale's Blue Skies and Thunder tells a story that is both unique in American history and uniquely American. After growing up as a Midwestern farm boy whose Japanese father had largely assimilated into the local community, he found himself after Pearl Harbor viewed with suspicion by the very government he wanted to serve in the Second World War. Denied a chance to serve as a military pilot, or even as a pilot trainer, he eventually found his way into a newly created Japanese American artillery unit and served with distinction in Italy, France and Germany. Back in the United States, he completed college and made a career for himself as an engineer with multiple patents to his credit, and eventually served his country a second time, as an airport security officer. His account is highly readable and offers insights into a wide range of aspects of both his own life and the world around him.

Dr. James Smither, Director Grand Valley State University Veterans History Project