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Virgil Westdale

Virgil Westdale

522nd Field Artillery Battalion

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Virgil Westdale was born in Millersburg, Indiana on January 8, 1918. His father was a farmer and his mother was a bookkeeper. The family later moved to Michigan.

While attending college, Westdale was interested in flying and received his private pilot's license. Although he entered the Air Corp in 1942, his license was revoked because he was half Japanese.

Westdale was transferred to the 522nd F Company in 1944. During the war, Westdale served as a rifleman, BAR man, bazooka man and flame thrower.

Today, Westdale lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has three children and seven grandchildren.

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