Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 08 November 2013 11:43
He was inspired to follow in their footsteps, and years later was honored himself to serve the U.S. in the Korean War. Schaefer, born in 1933, said he couldn’t begin to describe the torture he saw while growing up in Adolf Hitler’s Germany.
For a man who has experienced war twice over, time has healed his wounds. He speaks with a joyful presence, understanding his luck has brought him to the United States, a country he loved before he ever stepped on its soil.
Schaefer’s parents hailed from a Bavarian town called Elfershausen, but raised him in Offenbach am Main, Germany. He and his family feared for their lives every day during World War II, and he said his father was horrified by the slayings of innocent people he would see on his bike rides home from work.