Jack Capell (1923-2009)

John Carver “Jack” Capell was born on June 11, 1923 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. When he was three his family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where they lived for a few years before the family settled in Seattle, Washington. Jack attended both elementary and high school in Seattle, and after graduation in 1943, he was drafted into the US Army.

In January of 1944, Jack was deployed to England to train with the 4th Army in preparation for the D-Day invasion; Jack was part of the unit that landed on Utah Beach. His unit traveled and fought through Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Cherbourg, the liberation of Paris, the battle of Hurtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, finally arriving Dachau to assist in liberating the prisoners.

Due to difficulties transporting so many American soldiers back to the United States, Jack and several of his friends remained in Germany for a short time after the liberation of Dachau. From there his unit traveled back to Le Havre, a small embarkation camp in France, to await transportation back to the United States. In July of 1945, Jack returned to the United States where he was given a 30-day furlough before a likely redeployment to Japan. During his 30 days home, however, the Second World War ended and Jack was officially discharged from the army in October of 1945.