Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 Hosted Talk by 103-Year Old D-Day Veteran

Sam Sachs a 103 year old World War 2 veteran speaking to Civil Air Patrol members and guests
(Civil Air Patrol photo by: 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan)

Squadron 150 was honored to host the August South Coast Group 7 Joint Training which featured 103 year old Sam Sachs, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, World War 2 and D-Day veteran as our special guest speaker. 

Sachs held the rapt attention of the standing room only crowd of approximately 100 people for nearly an hour as he described his training for the D-Day invasion (he played a leading role in the planning of the glider operations on D-Day), the emotions he felt after seeing only one bullet hole in the glider he flew in behind enemy lines with his men in Normandy, and the experience of liberating a Nazi "extermination camp."

After answering a series of questions from the audience, Sachs concluded his remarks with his secrets of living a long life: "Practice moderation in all that you do. Exercise regularly. Manage stress by focusing on the positives."

"It truly was an honor to hear Lt. Col. Sam Sachs speak," said 1st Lt. Rommel Anacan, Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 Deputy Commander, "a rousing standing ovation, a line of people wanting to take a picture and the simple words of 'thank you for serving' embodied the appreciation that Civil Air Patrol members and guests felt for Lieutenant Colonel Sachs."


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP's 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP's Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.comor www.CAP.news for more information.