Hale Bradt Presents “Wilber’s War: An American Family’s Journey through World War II. A Father’s Odyssey. A Mother’s Secret. A Son’s Story.”
Hale Bradt brings us the story of his investigations into his family’s experiences during World War II. His father, Wilber, was an artillery commander in the Pacific theater who fought in multiple battles, was wounded twice, and earned the Silver Star medal for personal valor three times. The personal aspects of the story are most poignant in several respects and parts of them were hidden for decades. In an attempt to unravel the arcs of his parents' lives, Hale visited the Pacific battlefields, retrieved documents from archives, interviewed participants—civilian and military—including a Japanese colonel who fought directly opposite his father in the Solomon Islands.
Hale is Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). His research specialty was astrophysics, and his hobbies include choral singing, violin playing, and small boat sailing. He served in the US Navy in the Korean conflict. Today he is a writer and lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with his wife of 61 years. His books, Wilber's War (trilogy), are available at wilberswar.com and Amazon.com.
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