Virgil W. Westdale

Male of Japanese and European ancestry. Born July 8, 1918, in Millersburg, Indiana. Grew up on family farms in Indiana and Michigan. Became a licensed pilot, and, during World War II, volunteered for the War Training Service as a flight instructor. Reassigned to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team as part of the Fire Direction Center. Split off of the unit with the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, and was with one of the first groups to liberate the concentration camps in Dachau, Germany. Following World War II, worked for several corporations as a research and development scientist developing patents.

Interviews

Virgil W. Westdale Interview — ddr-densho-1000-280
May 21-22, 2010. Seattle, Washington.
04:33:17 — 51 segments.
Virgil W. Westdale
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