Jack Leroy Tueller’s decision to play his trumpet for the last remaining German sniper threatening his unit so moved the sniper that he couldn’t shoot, and surrendered the next morning. By choosing to play “his love song” Jack recognized the fear and loneliness common to all of us. Now 90, he shares his precious story with us.


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  • Kati Short

    You can tell by the speakers facial expression and his tone of voice that he's sincere. His story rings so true. Maybe we should try to fight all wars with music instead of guns.

  • Jane Silverman

    This man's eyes that show he is still courageous. He allowed good sense to conquer his own fear so he could dis-arm his enemy without a weapon. We could use a few like him in Congress right now.

  • Servant of God

    Lord with you,or the Christ is among us.Spirit of God,in Bible through Isaiah 12,those whose minds and hearts absorbed and accepted the word of Lord,speaking this:“On that day you will say:“I thank you, ADONAI,because,although you were angry at me,your anger is now turned away;and you are comforting me.2 “See! God is my salvation.I am confident and unafraid;for Yah ADONAI is my strength and my song,and he has become my salvation!”3 Then you will joyfully draw water from the springs of salvation.4 On that day you will say,“Give thanks to ADONAI!Call on his name!Make his deeds known among the peoples,declare how exalted is his name.5 Sing to ADONAI,for he has triumphed —this is being made known throughout the earth.6 Shout and sing for joy,you who live in Tziyon;for the Holy One of Isra’el is with you in his greatness!”May the Lord protect and bless you,let the God give you peace,and all the best may the Lord gives to you,I wish this to you such what I am.Healthy,alive and well be.Glory to Lord and Christ.Jesus loves you,God bless you.

  • Sharon Burgis

    One small thing can bring about so much if we just take the time and follow our heart

  • Lani Starr

    Being a singer, songwriter as well a vocal coach I truly relate to how music can bring harmony to any situation.

  • Guo LianKun

    .War is cruel, it only left sadness.It reminds me of a dialog,“The enemy? His sense of duty was no less than yours, I deem.You wander what his name is, where he came from, and if he was really evil at heart.What lies or threats led him on this long march from home.If he would not rather have stayed there...in peace. War will make corpses of us all.” Why does war exist?

  • Nancy

    God works in each of to the greater good. If we will only listen and use our gifts. We can each make a small change in the this broken world.

  • jan

    It's not the men fighting on the battle fields that need to be influenced. It's our leaders who wage these wars. The men out there are all scared and lonely. The leaders are at home with their families, warm and safe. How do we get them to hear the music?

  • Vivian Lance

    The humanity of it. If most of those men could have met man to man...there would be no war. This is a perfect axample.

  • Philip Riley

    I have been struggling myself, wondering whether music is worth my time, if it will support me financially, if it matters at all. And in this case, it literally saved people's lives. That means it is the most powerful thing in the world. Thank you.

  • Ana

    what an amazing genuine man, not many left.

  • Looney

    Inspires me to realize we are all the same inside...we are all human. Thank you Mr Jack Leroy for serving for our country and for following your instincts and playing at that time.

  • Terry

    Music unites us all. Thank you for telling us your story.

  • h.

    Thank you for your service. Thank you for sharing your story, and Thank you for playing for all those who heard the notes on that dark lonwely night and were comforted by the sound of the compassion that you played wit

  • Andrew

    If this stirred you, go to http://playingforchange.com/ and make it happen big time!

  • Nancy

    AWESOME Guy !!!!!

  • Leslie

    Yes, the power of music. But the music was the vehicle for the musician's compassion for the German soldier. Jack realized that he and the German soldiers were in the same shoes.

  • Vanessa

    Shakespeare's quote "Ïf music be the food of love, play on." Music can do wonders to the soul and soften the hardest of hearts. There is love in all of us and someimes we need someone special to bring it to the surface. Thank you Mr. Tueller for sharing this great story of love and faith. May God Bless and keep you safe!

  • David

    I like the guy. Sounded pretty genuine. You can't defeat that sort of spirit.

  • Donna

    I was struck that in the military Mr Tueller could think for himself and recognize that when it comes down to it, we all have fear, and we all want to love and be loved...and we all want to live.

  • Roger Grossklaus

    Knowing another's heart as a reflection of one's own, with common purpose, common love and above all communion in One Spirit can bring harmony to an inharmonious world.

  • lisa

    the love, authenticity, hope, power of one, actions from the heart...

  • jim bob

    he was no enemy, he was scared and lonely like me.

  • Lisa

    Wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. My three children reluctantly practice piano everyday. I shared this story with them to remind them of "the power of music". The universal language all humans share.

  • Maria Gabriella De Vita

    Beautiful! it reminded my father who never forgot to be an human being and love others during world War 2. My father disobey orders to destroy villages and kill people there, and was able to convince his own soldiers to do so. My father was a musician too.

  • Sophia Severino

    Col. Jack's love, compassion and understanding. And, he reminded me of my own father who was in WWII and shared the same values and courage, and saw the man behind the ennemy. Thank you Col. Jack, my children and I love you for being love in that moment.

  • Katie Aguirre

    Thank you Jack for sharing your Beautiful and Inspiring story, showing how the Power of Music has the inate ability to bridge the gap between hate and love; between fear and trust; to disarm an enemy to become a friend. Katie Aguirre

  • Nancy

    Beautiful.... truly divine. Thank you!

  • Ashleigh

    Thank you Jack for making my heart and soul sing to the music that you played. x

  • Olga Moraga

    Thanks Robert for sharing such an inspiring story.

  • bob baker

    Good, I thik it's wonderfull!!!!!!!!!

  • janet knight

    The true nature of man!

  • Doug

    It's authenticity and being from the Heart

  • Sherri

    A Clear minded 90 yr old is wonderful. Smart guy when he was younger too. The common emotions of most people is worldwide without exception.

  • Hollis Ann

    Dear Jack - you were guided to be a man of the universe instead of a man of the nation. We are all the same - needing love, acceptance and forgiveness. Thanks for what you did.

  • Christine

    The power of music and the power of love is continually inspiring, even in the worst situations.

  • Jane

    I love this story. It certainly proves that music speaks to everyone's heart. Wouldn't it be great if the German soldier survived the war and receives Karma Tube too and sees this story? I wonder about his life and how that night shaped it.

  • zitreva

    ...the truth of this mans' words; as a fellow trumpet player I believe him. Great job you guys. F, war is hell!

  • keith

    Bless you, Jack, for following the orders of your Superior instead of the orders from your superior officer.

  • Rob Das

    im picking up the trumpet again after this. i was told i played as well as louis armstrong at eight years old, i used to feel what he is saying.

  • Theresa

    I love this story because the example is love and kindness can transcend hate and war. The human spirit is amazing and when touched can transform us all.

  • rita

    Beautiful story

  • Loretta Teiwes

    What music could be played to bring the heads of the countries of "our world" together in peace? Thank you Jack Leroy Tueller for your service to our country.

  • Debalina Roy

    The power of music brings an awakening in the minds of the listener.

  • Victor Schlatter

    The sovereignty of the King of the Universe over any and all challenges!

  • Horsey

    Did ya learn anything?

  • Beverly

    I was inspired by one human's ability to transcend a major conflict a find the thread that connects us all through his own personal gift--music. What a beautiful story. It gives me a reference point for overcoming the small conflicts in my own life. Thank you.

  • pete

    Where all children of God

  • Me

    The most beautiful words of wisdom with so much compassion, empathy and love ever, not only in the playing of the trumpet, not only in his face, but truly in his soul, his spirit and his heart. What an amazing gentleman. May The Lord Bless Him To Pieces!

  • Meri

    Jack's clear deep blue eyes mirror the clear deep truth in his story.

  • Jim

    I can only pray there will be more musical healing in future conflicts until we end the folly of conflict

  • Tom

    Music has been a savior for many. I am one of them. What this man did was awesome and still is. I salute him and all the others like him.

  • Linda

    The love and sensitivity of this man. Don't seem to see many people nowadays with that type of empathy. THis was a wonderful new year's gift.

  • Carolyn

    What a great story. What is the sentiment about seeking to understand before being understood? Jack Leroy Tueller is an inspiration in courage and humanity.

  • Sandra

    Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story.....if only.....

  • Paula

    Its time we listen to this message and make love the priority - not war.

  • Dennis

    If anything didn't need a comment, it is this.

  • Robert

    Beautiful story by a beautiful human being. Nothing realigns my vibration like sitting down with my guitar and singing.

  • Steve

    The thought that the trumpeter chose a love song and played it from his heart. And what comes from the heart reaches the heart, for music is the language of the heart.

  • Kati

    This brought me to tears. I wonder if . . . .

  • Quynh

    Music is indeed very powerful. It evokes emotions that can not be expressed through words. When I play the piano, I play my emotions of the moment, pressing down each key to release every sadness, tension, joy, fear, etc. A happy song is never the same as the next happy song. Most importantly, the song is never finished until it consumes my entire mind, body, and soul—ultimately leaving me at ease It's taking in a deep breath and releasing it slowly. It's inspiring. That is the power of music.

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