Richard Westring '56 authors book

Richard Westring of the Class of 1956 sent in this summary of a book he recently published.
My name is Richard Westring, although I am now known as Doc Westring; I graduated from WFBHS in 1956. My book is about a man I knew named Milo Flaten. The book I wrote was published in 2022, and is called: A VICTOR'S TALE, The Story of Milo Flaten: One of the GIs Who Led the Invasion of Omaha Beach on D-Day. It can be found at as both a paperback and a Kindle book.
Milo graduated from Milwaukee's Shorewood High School in June of 1943, and on the same day was sworn into the U. S. Army as a draftee. After training stateside, he was shipped to England as a replacement for the 29th Infantry Division, and eventually assigned to  E Company of the 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment.That group had been secretly  training for months for the planned invasion of France, called Operation Overlord. When D-Day (June 6, 1944) arrived, Milo found himself in the leading landing craft, ahead of the thousands of ships crossing the English Channel. As his company's first scout, Milo was one of the first men out of the craft, and one of the first to make it to shore. In fact, it is probable that only one or two of his 30 boatmates survived the landing.
The book follows Milo through succeeding months of participation in some of the war's most famous, bloody battles until he was seriously wounded and sent back to England to recuperate. When he was healed and released from care, he was sent to Paris as an MP for a while, buit volunteered to go back to the infantry, and fought again until Germany surrendered. When he got back to the US he  attended Milwaukee State Teachers College (now UWM) for a semester, and then transferred to UW Madison. He enrolled in ROTC, and was commissioned an officer after two years. He joined the Army Reserve unit in Madison, which at the time, happened to be Airborne--and so he became a paratrooper. While attending law school he was called up to serve in Korea; thirteen days after arriving there he received another head wound just like the one he sustained in WWII. He healed from the wound (both pieces of shrapnel were left in his skull) and returned to the University.
In addition to the above, Milo was a professional musician (who played as a substitute with the Glenn Miller Orchestra), a professional baseball player (with the Chicago White Sox organization), a University of Wisconsin football player, a lawyer, a City of Madison alderman, and a nationally-known arbitrator. He was eventually promoted to full colonel in the Army Reserve, and was required to retire after 30-plus years of service as an officer (in addition to his two and a half-year WWII stint). Milo's life was historically important and, to this writer, incredibly fascinating; I hope others will agree.

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  • Barbara Saltzstein
    commented 2024-01-30 16:25:35 -0600
    To: Richard Westring,
    I am trying to write an essay about my father, shipped out in’42 as part of The Red Arrow Division, made up of Wisc and Mich men to the South Pacific. If you have any knowledge of this I would appreciate some leads.