By Virgil Westdale,Stephanie A. Gerdes

In 1942, Virgil Westdale used to be a winning younger flight teacher whilst the govt. ousted him from the Air Corps and demoted him to military deepest. Having grown up as a jap American midwestern farm boy, Westdale had his first flavor of eastern tradition while he used to be despatched to coach with the all eastern American unit, the 442nd Regimental wrestle workforce. He was once finally transferred to the 522nd Artillery Battalion, the place, as a member of the fireplace course heart, he helped push the Germans out of Italy, rescue the “Lost Battalion” in France, and unfastened prisoners from Dachau focus Camp in Germany.

After the battle, Westdale went directly to pursue a occupation in learn and improvement with huge organizations. He bought twenty-five U.S. patents and earned a global award for his paintings with photocopier parts. In retirement, he has been operating for the TSA, returning to the worlds of aviation and nationwide security.

Written for the lay reader in addition to the historical past buff, Westdale’s tales of worldwide conflict II problem preconceived notions of what we imagine we all know a couple of soldier’s lifestyles in Europe and provide photos that transcend the historical past books.

---""Spanning over 90 years, Virgil’s notable and intricate lifestyles tale vividly displays America’s historical past from the early 1900s to our present struggle opposed to terrorism. His booklet reads if he have been sitting sooner than me casually sharing his lifestyles. A spotlight of my career––both as a military officer and a Federal Civil Servant––has been the distinction of operating with and researching Virgil Westdale, a superb American. this can be a really interesting and noteworthy autobiography.""

John H. Mumma, Colonel, US military Retired Federal defense Director, Transportation safeguard Administration

---""Virgil Westdale’s Blue Skies and Thunder tells a narrative that's either distinctive in American heritage and uniquely American. After becoming up as a Midwestern farm boy whose eastern father had principally assimilated into the area people, he came across himself after Pearl Harbor seen with suspicion via the very govt he desired to serve within the moment global battle. Denied an opportunity to function an army pilot, or maybe as a pilot coach, he finally came across his method right into a newly created jap American artillery unit and served with contrast in Italy, France and Germany. again within the usa, he accomplished collage and made a occupation for himself as an engineer with a number of patents to his credits, and at last served his kingdom a moment time, as an airport protection officer. His account is extremely readable and provides insights right into a wide selection of elements of either his personal existence and the area round him.""

Dr. James Smither, Director Grand Valley kingdom collage Veterans historical past Project

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