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Interview: Virgil Westdale


Discrimination in Air Corps

See, Hap Arnold was head of the Air Corps at the time—General Hap Arnold, which you may know his name—and he was extremely prejudice. So he didn’t want anybody with any kind of association with the Japanese to be a flyer and so…although there had been some success in being bombardiers or something, or gunners or something—there was one guy who did a lot, on the way I understand it. Pilots—no, to my knowledge there’ve been no one of Japanese decent that was a pilot during World War II, certainly not any during that general time frame…yeah.

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* Virgil Westdale interviewed by Duncan Williams on August 27, 2012 for the exhibition, Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History. A Collaboration with the USC Hapa Japan … More »

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