Herb’s assignment during World War II

The Failure

During the late 1930s and early 1940s, war raged across Europe and in portions of the far Pacific. Germany and Japan were attempting to conquer the world. As Japanese diplomats were talking peace in Washington, and their military was preparing to attack Pearl Harbor, a decision was made to dispatch Herb to the United States, and specifically to Texas. This decision was made, even though he was not yet fluent in English. In early November, 1941, he slipped quietly into south Texas. While a book could be written about Herb’s wartime activities, we will leave them to your imagination. It is enough to know that he survived the war with only a few scars. He kept such a low profile that only a few people even knew he was in Texas during that time.

The Lesson

As you read these blogs, you will learn that Herb made it a point to learn something from each of his failures. During this one period of his life, he was not a failure, so he is not able to make a comment about what he learned.

The Success

Some of Herb’s successes from his WW II activities will show up in later blogs, but for now, you have to wait. On Friday, we will post a little about Herb’s time as a test pilot. It will be nearly 800 words long. He has been encouraged to write a book on that subject and sooner or later he may.



Author: Herb

In January, 2010, I left corporate America, and now I have my own business. Since I have never been able to focus on one item (Does that make me a scatter brain?), I divided my company into three divisions: Kayak guiding and instructing - specializing in nature kayaking, Building materials consultant - specializing in cements and forensics, and Writing - Stories w/ life lessons and construction books that are fun to read. Published books: The Stucco Book - The Basics, Animals I Have Hated, Grandpa, Help! Answers to Questions a Young Lady Would Never Ask Her Parents, Grandpa Helps Grandparents, Living with Cancer – That Intense Houseguest, Homes for Jubilee (June, 2016), and Kay pou Jubilee (in Haitian Creole) (August, 2016). Forthcoming Books: The Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer Book, The Stucco Book - Forensics and Repairs, and Failing My Way to Success.

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