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The Charles Seyler Collection
   On this page, you'll find images contributed by Scott Seyler, the son of the late Charles Seyler, a former member of A Battery. The following biographical sketch was provided by Scott.

   Charles Seyler was born in Galatia, Illinois on August 5, 1923. His father was a coal miner and his mother was a local school teacher. Those who knew him either called him Buddy or Charley. He had two sisters besides himself and lived most of his young adulthood in Galatia until World War II broke out and he enlisted in late 1942. While with the 225th, he achieved the rank of T-5 and was a radar specialist. After the war he moved to Kankakee, Illinois, where his mother had moved. There, he worked in the state hospital. He married Margaret Jane Parrish while there as well, and later got a job as a salesman in the Montgomery Wards tire department. Both Scott's older brother, Tom, and Scott were born in Kankakee, but only lived there for a few months since Charles picked up his family and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1953. During his time in Phoenix, in 1956, his third son, Chris, was born. He continued to work for Wards for a short time until he realized his family was growing and he needed more of an income. He worked and later partly owned an outdoor boating and sporting goods store in Phoenix. He sold that in 1964 and went to work for the Salt River Project, a local water and energy power company, where he served as a field supervisor until his retirement in 1984. He and Margaret had three boys and six grandchildren. Margaret died in 1993 and Charles in 1998 (at the age of 76). "He was a great man who loved his family greatly," says Scott. "He instilled in me a love for history, specifically that of WW II since he talked about it a lot when I was younger and continued to read on the subject himself until his later years."

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CHARLES SEYLER (34 K)

Charles Seyler in his "Class A"dress
uniform, circa 1944.



CHARLES SEYLER WITH Fw190 (22 K)

Charles next to a Dornier Do335 Pfeil ("Arrow")
at a forward airdrome in Germany.



CHARLES SEYLER ATOP SCR-268 RADAR (24 K)

Charles sitting atop an SCR-268
fire-control radar.



SGT. MALINSKI (16 K)

Charles' friend, Sgt. Malinski, after taking
a ride in a P-51 Mustang piloted by Lt. Merriel.



AT THE BRENNER PASS (36 K)

A group of Skylighters at
the Brenner Pass, Italy.



SEYLER AND MALENSKI (26 K)

Charles and Sgt. Malinski
on the road to Hitler's Eagle's Nest.



RESTING (24 K)

Charles takes a rest during
the trip to the Eagle's Nest.



SGT. MALINSKI (27 K)

Sgt. Malinski lounging on Hitler's
lawn furniture at the Eagle's Nest.



A NAZI EAGLE (14 K)

A Nazi eagle somewhere in Germany,
possibly near the Unter Biberg airdrome.



SEYLER AT UNTER BIBERG (18 K)

Charles next to a Northrop P-61
Black Widow at Unter Biberg, Summer 1945.
(The cone assembly of the rear crew nacelle
are just behind his head.)




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