CITY OF GRAND FORKS MAKES PROCLAMATION FOR SAM SACHS DAY, 26 APR 2020
COMMEMORATING 105 YEARS OF COMMITTMENT & SERVICE ON 26 APRIL 2020
WWII USA (Retired) Lt Col Sam A. Sachs Celebrates a Lifetime at 105 years.
FROM THE LEGIONNAIRES OF POST 6: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAM!!
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It’s not often these days of pandemics and COVID-19, especially, to receive good news about …. well, about anything. But here at Grand Forks American Legion Post 6, we were pleasantly surprised to hear about a former Grand Forks native who had gone off to other parts of the country in a different time and place … and did great things. That’s worth a bit of celebrating. I’m speaking of a WWII Veteran of the US Army, Lt Col Sam Sachs.
Born in Grand Forks on 26 April 1915, Sam was the oldest of three children. His beginnings start here in ND Land as he attended high school here and earned a Business Administration degree in 1936 from UND. He traveled to California where he later joined ROTC in October 1940. He was almost 30 years young when he was called to serve in WWII in the 82nd Airborne, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment making one of the first troop glider landings beyond the beaches of Normandy, France, on D-Day. He was part of a group who released prisoners of war from a German concentration camp.
All in all, he had varied assignments as a Company Commander throughout North Africa, Italy, and Germany. Sam served in the US Army Reserve for some 32-years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Recently, on the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of France, Sam received the “French Legion of Honor” and by decree of French President Emmanuel Macron, he was appointed a Chevalier (Knight).
In 1947, Sam married Ida Hoffman, and began his 58-year honeymoon. He went back to school using the GI Bill at University of Southern CA and obtained his teaching degree. These teaching credentials allowed him to instruct in several junior and high schools and adult education centers in Southern California. He retired from teaching in the 1980s but still resides in southern California.
We are excited to announce that Sam still lives in Lakewood, CA, in southern Los Angeles near the Long Beach Airport. Sam will be celebrating 105 years of one fantastic life adventure. Even though the COVID-19 is somewhat getting in the way, Sam would at least love to hear from friends, neighbors, and relatives with a Best Wish Birthday Card. Address: c/o Mom and Dad’s Manor House 4340 Conquista Avenue, Lakewood, CA 90713.