In today’s newsletter, we will continue the life story of World War II veteran, Mr. Jack Appel and our update from his recent trip on one of our 11-day Band of Brothers Tours. First, let’s continue exploring his life during and after WWII. He was in Belgium when the last major German counteroffensive on the Western Front, the Battle of the Bulge, was launched on December 16, 1944. In April 1945, he and his unit liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp. Going through the camp, seeing the stacked dead bodies and the dying inmates was one of the most horrible experiences of the war and his whole life. His unit was near Weimar, Germany in May 1945 when the war ended. They left Germany in June and were shipped out from Camp Lucky Strike at Le Havre, France back to the States on a troop ship. Upon arrival in New York, their first meal was steak, French fries, Coca Cola, and ice cream, which everyone found marvelous. It was special to see the Statue of Liberty again. Following a service of two years, ten months, and eleven days, he was discharged from the Army on October 11, 1945. Later, Appel worked as a Wall Street broker. For his efforts during his military career, he became a Knight of the French Legion of Honor in 2008. He comes back to Europe whenever he can. He is 98 years old now.