H.C. Westermann was an American print maker and sculptor whose work was greatly influenced by his experiences serving in World War II and the Korean War. In World War II he served aboard the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Enterprise where he witnessed several Kamikaze attacks often resulting in the destruction of naval ships. After the war ended he enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1947 and took a temporary break to serve in Korea until being discharged. The psychological effects of his war-time experience continued to be a prevalent theme in his work, expressing emotional and mental ties to both militarism and materialism.