|The Man With the Iron Heart|
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
|Type of Appearance:||Direct POV (one scene)|
|Date of Birth:||20th century|
|Date of Death:||1945|
|Cause of Death:||Killed by a roadside bomb|
|Military Branch:||United States Army (World War II)|
Charlie Pytlak (d. May 8, 1945) was a sergeant in the United States Army. He served in the European Theater of World War II. On May 8, 1945, the day after Germany unconditionally surrendered, Pytlak was on patrol in a town called Lichtenau with PFC Dom Lombardo. After accepting the surrender of a group of German soldiers, and turning them into the Army, Pytlak and Lombardo returned to their patrol. As they passed a derelict vehicle, a bomb planted inside went off. Lombardo was killed instantly, but Pytlak was lived long enough to see how horribly the bomb had destroyed his body.
- The Man With the Iron Heart, pg. 13, HC.
- Ibid., pgs. 14-15.
- Ibid., pgs. 16-17.