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Then the memoir shifts to Westdale's recollections of his childhood growing up on a farm in Michigan near the Indiana border. His father, an immigrant from Japan, was a tough and exacting father, while his mother, a white woman, showed him more affection. When his mother died, he and his siblings continued to have a difficult relationship with their father.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Westdale volunteered for the Army Air Corps, and was nearly done with his training when he was transferred to the\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/442nd_Regimental_Combat_Team\" title=\"442nd Regimental Combat Team\">\n    442nd Regimental Combat Team\n   </a>\n   . He recounts in detail his experiences in combat, and reflects on the guilt he feels for taking lives. He also describes coming upon the prisoners of Dachau.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   After he was discharged from the army, he went back to school, getting multiple degrees from Western Michigan University and enjoying a successful career as an engineer. Although he retired from his main profession, he had a second career as an airport security officer, retiring from that career when he was 90.\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"Author_Background\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Author_Background\">\n   Author Background\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   Virgil Westdale (1918- ) was born Virgil Nishimura to a Japanese immigrant father and a white mother from Indiana as the fourth child and first son. He changed his name from Nishimura to Westdale after his pilot's license was taken away in May 1942; he assumed this was due to suspicions about his loyalty because of his Japanese heritage. After serving in the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion in Europe, he returned to Michigan, where he became an engineer specializing in paper research. He has over 100 patents to his name. When he retired from a successful career, he began a second, working in airport security at the airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan.\n  </p>\n  <div id=\"authorByline\">\n   <b>\n    Authored by\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Emily_Anderson\" title=\"Emily Anderson\">\n     Emily Anderson\n    </a>\n   </b>\n  </div>\n  <div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n   Anderson, Emily\n  </div>\n  <p>\n   Might also like\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Memoirs of a Certain Nisei (book)\" title=\"Memoirs of a Certain Nisei (book)\">\n     Memoirs of a Certain Nisei, 1916-1985, Aru Nisei No Wadachi\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   by Thomas Taro Higa;\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"new encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/index.php?title=Letters_from_the_442nd:_The_World_War_II_Correspondence_of_a_Japanese_American_Medic&amp;action=edit&amp;redlink=1\" title=\"Letters from the 442nd: The World War II Correspondence of a Japanese American Medic (page does not exist)\">\n     Letters from the 442nd: The World War II Correspondence of a Japanese American Medic\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   by Minoru Masuda;\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/A Taste for Strawberries: The Independent Journey of Nisei Farmer Manabi Hirasaki (book)\" title=\"A Taste for Strawberries: The Independent Journey of Nisei Farmer Manabi Hirasaki (book)\">\n     A Taste for Strawberries: The Independent Journey of Nisei Farmer Manabi Hirasaki\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   by Manabi Hirasaki\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>",
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