In the spring of 1945, the Rev. Dr. Vincent Stratton, of Indiana – then a 21-year-old infantry lieutenant in the U.S. Army – was too busy directing mortar fire against German strongpoints to know that other members of his 63rd Infantry Division not far away were making a gruesome discovery.While Stratton and his platoon were occupied fighting “through whatever was in front of us,” other soldiers of his division were liberating the Kaufering slave labor camps, subcamps of the infamous Nazi concentration camp at Dachau.In the year before Stratton fought his way into southern Germany, an estimated 14,500 “political prisoners” – most of them Jews – died in the Kaufering camps. Stratton was surprised in January of this year when he received a letter addressed “Dear Liberator,” inviting him to attend the 65th commemoration of the liberation of the Nazi death camps. The observance, conducted annually on the National Days of Remembrance, is held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.