Charles Domenic Sands


World War ll veteran Charles Sands, 93, passed away on July 6, 2019, at home in San Pedro, California.
He was born in New Castle to Domenic and Mary Sands on Jan. 20, 1926.
He attended Pollock School, Franklin Junior High and New Castle High and graduated in 1943.
He and the family were devout members of St. Vitus Parish.
Charlie's father died in 1937 in a tragic accident, which left him responsible for his two sisters and mom. He was only 11. He assumed that obligation well.
The high school was overcrowded, so there were two sessions - morning and afternoon. Charlie attended the morning session and worked at the New Castle Public Library in the afternoon.
After graduation, he worked at Shenango Pottery before enlisting in the Army Air Corp at age 17. (His entire military career can be read in his biography.) He was with the 450th Bomb Group and a tailgunner on a B24 Liberator.
After the war he joined the Pennsylvania National Guard and trained many local men for Korea. He rose to the rank of Colonel during that time. He retired from the Army in 1985.
In 1956, he moved to California and later married Pat Roberts. They had two boys, Chuck, deceased, and Mark of San Pedro.
He worked at Hughes Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft and with California real estate.
He founded the San Pedro Chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as commander of G/A Omar Bradley Chapter of Military Order of the World Wars.
For 15 years, he volunteered for the Los Angeles Police Department's Detective Division.
He is survived by his devoted son Mark and loving sister RoseMarie of Loveland, Colorado; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife; sister, Phyllis Duda; and cousin, USAF Maj. Vincent Scungio (MIA 1966).
To read his autobiography, go to Mark Sands' Facebook account or contact RoseMarie Brown.
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Published on July 26, 2019
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