Howard Weistling wanted to be a comic strip artist. But when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Weistling felt compelled to enlist in the Army.
Mike Weistling, Howard's grandson, loved to hear his grandfather's war stories.
"He probably told me a lot of stories that were not appropriate for a child to hear," Mike Weistling says.
After flight engineer training, Howard was shipped off to Europe. On his maiden flight, his plane was shot down over Austria. Mike has the actual rip cord hung on his wall in Flagstaff, Ariz.