Jack Ellis Westbrook, who grew up in Rule, tells the stories of his experiences fighting in Europe during World War II in his excellent book, Code Name: Baker Catcher ($23.99 paperback).
Before Westbook died in 2003, he filled a large three-ring binder with stories and pictures from his war years. During Covid, his youngest daughter, Celia Thrash, pulled out the binder and began turning his tales into a book.
The stories are very well-written and quite compelling. For readers interested in World War II, this book is a straightforward, honest, easy-to-read, day-to-day account of what it was like to be a young second lieutenant from a small town in West Texas fighting for his life and for his country in a foreign land.
Thrash, who lives in McAllen, will be in Abilene to sign books at Texas Star Trading Company from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, August 25.