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.
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.
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.