From the Los Angeles Times

Saved by a Saint in a Tank

Sam Goetz long wondered about the larger-than-life soldier who liberated him from a Nazi camp. Decades later, they met again.

By Sandy Banks
Times Staff Writer

November 4, 2005

For 60 years it percolated in Sam Goetz’s mind, rising to the level of obsession — this need to find the American soldier who had loomed so large in the most critical moment of Goetz’s life.

On May 6, 1945, Goetz, then 16, was among 18,000 prisoners liberated from the Nazi concentration camp at Ebensee, Austria, by the U.S. Army’s 3rd Cavalry. The squadron commander, a tall, young sergeant, climbed down from his tank and pronounced them free.

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