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eBook Blue Skies and Thunder: Farm Boy, Pilot, Inventor, TSA Officer, and WW II Soldier of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team epub

by Virgil Westdale,Stephanie A. Gerdes

eBook Blue Skies and Thunder: Farm Boy, Pilot, Inventor, TSA Officer, and WW II Soldier of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team epub
  • ISBN: 1440182574
  • Author: Virgil Westdale,Stephanie A. Gerdes
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Memoirs
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: iUniverse; 1st Edition edition (December 21, 2009)
  • Pages: 296 pages
  • ePUB size: 1587 kb
  • FB2 size 1264 kb
  • Formats lit rtf docx mobi


In 1942, Virgil Westdale was a successful young flight instructor when the .

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. Those who have known Virgil have long anticipated the arrival of this book,and I found it well worth the wait! He is the most pleasant,caring and interesting person to call a friend.

Blue Skies and Thunder by Westdale Virgil. His book reads if he were sitting before me casually sharing his life. Title Blue Skies and Thunder. 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. A highlight of my career both as an Army officer and a Federal Civil Servant has been the honor of working with and getting to know Virgil Westdale, a great American.

Blue Skies and Thunder book.

Virgil Westdale, is a World Was . 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.

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

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.

The 442nd Infantry Regiment is an infantry regiment of the United States Army and is the only infantry formation in the Army Reserve. The regiment is best known for its history as a fighting unit composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry (Nisei) who fought in World War II. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in the European Theatre, in particular Italy, southern France, and Germany.

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. --"Spanning over ninety years, Virgil's amazing and complex life story vividly reflects America's history from the early 1900s to our current fight against terrorism. His book reads if he were sitting before me casually sharing his life. A highlight of my career-both as an Army officer and a Federal Civil Servant-has been the honor of working with and getting to know Virgil Westdale, a great American. This is a truly fascinating and memorable autobiography" 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
Comments: (7)
Fenrinos
Really enjoyed reading this! He lives in the vicinity where I currently live. Yesterday he was honored by a VFW group on his 100 birthday.. My husband worked for his brother at one time. I grew up near Camp Shelby where the 442 trained. We attended college classes with some of the division that came back to Hattiesburg after the war.
Mezilabar
I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Westdale while on a flight. We have similar interest. We have lived and visited many of the same places. We exchanged business cards. I bought this book and have picked it up from time to time to read on flights. I can hear him reading it. Mr. Westdale makes me proud not only to be an American, but an engineer from Michigan. Thanks, Virgil!
Rivik
Great book by a great man!
Fenrikree
Amazing man! Made lemonade time and time again!
Thoginn
This book is a joy for those interested in both World War II and an American journey through the 20th (and 21st) century. Written in short descriptions of life as a farmer through his retirement in 2009 from the TSA the story never really slows down. Not a typical war story, much of the WWII drama comes from his struggle to become a pilot as a Japanese-American. National policy at the time conspired to keep an accomplished young pilot out of the cockpit and into a fire support team on the ground. Description of combat through Italy and Germany is certainly riveting, but I really enjoyed the descriptions of how Mr. Westdale got into and out of battle. His post-war careers could be book worthy on their own. Very interesting life! I had the fortune to meet him at the Grand Rapids Military Ball this year, found him a delightful person to have at my table, and bought the book that very night! Just wish I had read the book before meeting him as I now have a thousand questions for him...
Zinnthi
This book was captivating,from beginning to end.Virgil's life was compelling,from page one.
The descriptions of his childhood all the way through to an employee of the TSA...still
going strong at 91! Those who have known Virgil have long anticipated the arrival of this book,and I found it well worth the wait!
He is the most pleasant,caring and interesting person to call a friend. A gentle giant. So talented as well.
CrazyDemon
Interesting memoir. Easy, friendly reading. It's as if you're sitting with the author and he's telling you his story.
Was not really excited about this book. He spends way to much time on his pre & post war life. He really makes himself such a great and wonderful person with no faults. His war time was just some average stories with no in depth of working in FDC. I think I paid way to much for this book. Should have look to the library 1st. I am getting more disappointed with books written by WW2 vets with the help of a non vets. They are way to short with more info about the war over all. This one will also go to the used book store.
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