WWII veteran Paul Fairbrook recounts decoding German documents
Paul Fairbrook, a Jewish-German immigrant who served in the U.S. Army as a document translator at Camp Ritchie and Camp P.O. Box 1142 during World War II, speaks during a luncheon at the Moose Lodge in Lodi on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 12:00 am
Updated: 6:15 am, Wed Jul 11, 2012.
When he was in his late teens and early 20s, Paul Fairbrook unknowingly made history while working at two military camps in rural Virginia. It was during the middle of World War II, and Fairbrook was helping decode German war documents and transmissions.
"I don't fully understand what all the fuss is about. We never thought we were heroes until you guys told us we were," he said.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:15 am.