January 5, 2018
(NOTE: Mr. Virgil Westdale from Michigan. His parents had changed their family name from "Nishimura" because of racial hysteria and he served in the 100th/442nd RCT. )
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. --A 100-year-old man represents an important time in America’s history.
Westdale was stripped of his wings during World War II because of his family’s Japanese heritage. He is hoping to get them back at a ceremony Saturday at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum honoring his 100th birthday.
Westdale was then sent his new orders: becoming a part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an Army fighting unit composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry that took part in major battles from fighting Germans in Italy to liberating Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
After the war, he came home, went back to college and made a career as a scientist with 25 patents to his credit.