Veteran Charlie Sult shares his vivid memories of World War II

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Charlie Sult’s journey in the service didn’t begin like most.

“Because I took a course in bookkeeping and typing in high school I was chosen to attend the Army administration classes while they had basic training going on,” said Sult.

But at just 18-years-old he would soon begin an unforgettable journey around the world.

“I remember going on the deck and hearing the Christmas music in the city and it made me homesick. But Christmas Day we woke and we were at sea. The sea was rolling with waves bigger than the ship,” said Sult. 

From Virginia to Georgia, and New York to Scotland then Germany. His eyes witnessing some of the most horrific images of the war, helping liberate a concentration camp.

“We were told to get these people out of the shelves outside no covers and it was cold, and they had sunken eyes rotten teeth could communicate really just skin and bones. And we saw one pile of naked bodies that were next to the crematorium the furnaces were still hot where they were cremating these Jews. We also saw the room where they put them. They called it a shower, but they locked the doors and gassed them. The strange thing about the experience they were getting the Jews to do the work of putting Jews in the gas chamber and then putting them in the furnace,” said Sult. 

Images still stuck in his head at 95-years-old.

“That was quite an experience I had while I was there,” said Sult. 

But sadness soon replaced with joy as the war was declared over, and after a quick stay in the hospital for an infection, Charlie was able to go home and pursue a lifelong goal.

“I never thought i would be able to go to college because no one in my family could afford it. I said well I’m going to college went to William and Mary first,” said Sult. 

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