Charlie Pytlak
Fictional Character
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct POV (one scene)
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 20th century
Date of Death: 1945
Cause of Death: Killed by a roadside bomb
Occupation: Soldier
Military Branch: United States Army (World War II)

Charlie Pytlak (d. May 8, 1945) was a sergeant in the United States Army.[1] 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.[2] After accepting the surrender of a group of German soldiers, and turning them into the Army, Pytlak and Lombardo returned to their patrol.[3] 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.[4]

Pytlak and Lombardo were the first American victims of the German Freedom Front.


  1. The Man With the Iron Heart, pg. 13, HC.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid., pgs. 14-15.
  4. Ibid., pgs. 16-17.