Sandy Lebman WWII Hero
A Love-filled Life – Sandy Lebman is 86 years old, but you would never know it unless he told you. He credits his and his wife, Lois Lebman’s, youthful appearance to the NUTRILITE® DOUBLE X® Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient they have been selling for over 38 years.
“Nobody believes my wife is 85 years old,” says Sandy. “They all think she’s in her 50s, and she still looks just as beautiful as she did the day we met.” Sandy’s loving and caring nature, however, has been a part of him long before he began using any supplements.
“He is probably the sweetest, most loving man in the whole world. He has been the greatest person throughout his entire life,” shares Lois, who has been married to him for 67 years. At the age of 19 Sandy married Lois, enlisted in the U.S. army, and was sent off to Europe.
Liberation of Dachau
“I was one of the first Americans to liberate the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, so people like to talk to me,” he says. He has spoken at countless events across the U.S., and he continues to do so today. “I’m a pretty popular guy,” he jokes. Sandy was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, as well as other medals for his heroic efforts as a soldier in WWII Europe.
On April 29, 1945, Private 1st Class, Tech 2, Sanford (Sandy) Lebman, who was part of the 42nd Calvary Reconnaissance Troop, a division of the famed 42nd Rainbow Division, was on a reconnaissance mission at least 10 miles ahead of the division’s front lines while fighting in Germany in WWII.
He and three buddies were traveling in an armored car when they approach a huge complex, surrounded by 20-foot walls and huge entrance doors. Sandy got out to see if he could determine if this was a prisoner of war camp. Immediately he was met with Nazi gunfire; he returned to the car and ordered the driver to “rush the gates.”
Sandy and the other soldiers returned fire and took control of the situation. Sandy realized then that this was a concentration camp and radioed for backup to secure the site. The Dachau concentration camp was secured by the 42nd Division.
On May 2, 2010, Sandy and his family were invited back to take part in “Encounter Day.” Survivors and Liberators celebrated the 65th Anniversary of the Liberation of the of Dachau camp.
Family in Business
With the exception of his time spent in the army, Sandy has been in the business world for the majority of his life. “I was always involved with my father’s businesses when I was growing up in Ohio,” says Sandy. But it was his son, Leonard (Len), who introduced Sandy to Amway.
“One day our son came home and said, ’Dad, I’m getting into a business.’ I said, ‘What’s that?’ And he said, ‘Amway.’ I figured I ought to help him out because he was only in high school at the time. That’s how we got into the business, and it grew.”
Sandy and Lois were one of the first couples to attend the Q12 meetings in Grand Rapids. “There were only 10 or 20 other couples there,” recalls Lois. “It was exciting for us to be a couple of the first persons to attend those meetings.”
Sandy and Lois ship to locations all across the U.S. Sandy uses FedEx to ship the orders and has even inspired the FedEx worker he sees so often to begin taking NUTRILITE nutritional supplements. “He says that they make him feel really good,” adds Sandy. His four children use supplements as well – free of charge. “They never pay me a penny. They always offer to pay, but they’re my family – I don’t want any money from them.”
Sandy and Lois live in Ventura, California, where they spend time with their five grand children and six great grand children and work on their businesses. Sandy remarks, “I enjoy having something to do at my age. I enjoy the work that I do.”