Blue Skies and Thunder

Blue Skies and Thunder

Talk by Virgil Westdale

Saturday, May 22, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project
1416 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98144


Event Overview

"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

Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project presents a free talk by Virgil Westdale on May 22 at 3 p.m. 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. He was among the veterans honored as camp liberators in an April ceremony at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

>> Read more about Virgil Westdale


2:30 p.m. Doors open
3:00 p.m.Introduction by Executive Director Tom Ikeda
3:15 p.m. Virgil Westdale speaks about his book
4:00 p.m.Audience questions
4:20 p.m.Book signing


This event is free of charge. No tickets are required, but please RSVP to [email protected] or 206-320-0095. Seating is unreserved.


Densho is located at 1416 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144. Unmetered parking is available on surrounding streets. Map

Book Sales

Books will be available for purchase at the event. Cash or checks only.


For more information, contact Densho at [email protected].

Event Co-sponsors

Densho presents this event with support from Mayflower Park Hotel and 4Culture.
Mayflower Park Hotel4Culture

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