Monday, May 27, 2019

Herman Wouk - WWII Veteran

Herman Wouk at his home in Palm Springs, California, 2012. Wouk’s career included gag writing, fiction and a musical co-written with Jimmy Buffett. His 2 part World War II epic, “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance,” adapted by himself, was an Emmy Award-winning TV miniseries. Her also wrote about Judaism and modern belief.

After Pearl Harbor, Wouk joined the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater. During his off hours, he wrote. His publisher's contract for Aurora Dawn was sent to his ship.

Wouk won a Pulitzer Prize for "The Caine Mutinty" and was the first recipient of the Library of Congress' award for lifetime achievement in fiction. His centenary was marked by Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year Old Author (2015).

Wouk passed at his Palm Springs home just days of his 104th birthday.