Sam Sachs, World War II veteran celebrated on his 105th birthday, dies aged 106

Sam Sachs, a World War II veteran who received thousands of tickets after having to cancel his 105th birthday party due to the COVID-19 pandemic, died on Monday, according to the City of Lakewood. He died of natural causes a month before his 107th birthday.

A parade of people helped Sachs celebrate his 105th birthday in April 2020 as they paraded down his neighborhood street in cars, motorcycles and Los Angeles County sheriff’s vehicles. Some waved American flags as they passed.

On that day, miniature flags and banners adorned the front lawn of the assisted living home where Sachs lived. Balloons, red and blue stars, and banners featuring Sachs’ face adorned the front of the house.

Sachs had planned to celebrate the day with a big party, but when it was cancelled, he instead recorded a video asking for birthday cards.

“I’m excited to see how many birthday cards I’ll get.” he said in the video. “And I also ask our President to send me a card as well. What a thrill that would be.”

He received more than 6,000 cards from across the United States, as well as a letter from President Trump, according to Lakewood officials.

Some of the thousands of birthday cards Sam Sachs has received

Some of the thousands of cards Sam Sachs received for his 105th birthday.

(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

Sachs lived in Lakewood in his later years and became an active member of the community. He spoke at events around town, such as B. the celebrations of Memorial Day.

Sachs enlisted in the Army in 1931 and served on posts in California, Arkansas, Georgia, and Louisiana, according to Lakewood’s Veterans History Project. He was an Army paratrooper who landed behind enemy lines as part of the 1944 D-Day Allied invasion of Europe, the Veterans Project said.

“I said, ‘I’m Jewish and I won’t be captured,'” Sachs said a video interview with Lakewood CityTV. “Fortunately, everything went well.”

Sachs, who rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, later led troops in the liberation of prisoners from a Nazi concentration camp.

“I’ve seen the horrors of the concentration camp that you can’t believe unless you actually see them,” he told Lakewood CityTV. “Today the Nazis would be marching through the streets of Lakewood if we hadn’t.”

When he returned to civilian life, he became a teacher.

Sachs was injured when he was hit by a car while on his daily walk around the block last year. He was recovering at a long-term care facility in Bell Gardens before settling into a seniors’ facility in Seal Beach, Lakewood officials said.

The Lakewood City Council sent a message expressing condolences to the von Sachs family, calling him “a representative of what is aptly described as the greatest generation.”

“Thank you for sharing Sam with us for the years he has lived in Lakewood. He honored us with his presence and involvement in our community, and we felt honored and privileged to have the opportunity to thank him in return.” said the city council.

The council said it would adjourn its Tuesday meeting in memory of Sachs as a final tribute.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-03-19/sam-sachs-wwii-veteran-who-received-thousands-of-cards-on-105th-birthday-dies-at-106 Sam Sachs, World War II veteran celebrated on his 105th birthday, dies aged 106

Dais Johnston

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