We feel honored and privileged by the participation of World War II veteran, Mr. Jack Appel on one of our recent 11-day Band of Brothers Tours. We would like to tell you about his life story and his experiences on this tour. Mr. Appel was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1923 in a Jewish family. He is 98 years old now. For his efforts during his military career, he became a Knight of the French Legion of Honor in 2008. At the age of 19, he was in his first year of law school at the New York University when he was drafted on December 23, 1942. He entered basic training in January 1943. A month later, due to an epidemic at Camp Crowder, he contracted cerebral and spinal meningitis, fell into a coma, and spent 56 days in hospital in critical condition. He almost died and, as a result, became deaf on his left ear. Despite his meningitis, he was not discharged from the Army. He and his fellow soldiers were shipped out from Brooklyn to Glasgow, Scotland on board of the troop ship Fair Isle in October 1943.