World War II hero laid to rest in Beaufort

Beaufort (WSAV) – A memorial and burial service was held Thursday at Beaufort National Cemetery for CPT Albert Schlegel.

CPT Schlegel was killed during World War II and his remains were recently discovered overseas and airlifted back to his family Monday night. A memorial was held in his honor at the Mighty Eighth Museum in Pooler Wednesday.

CPT Albert Schlegel was laid to rest at the Beaufort National Cemetery.

His nephew spoke to News 3 about Schlegel’s life and legacy.

“Sunny fit him.  That was his nickname.  He was one of those guys who smiled.  He was happy,” says Ret. Col. Perry Nuhn, Schlegel’s nephew.

“He went off when I was 8 years old and joined the World Canadian Air Force.  He got through that and he became a fighter pilot,” Nuhn says.

Colonel Nuhn was contacted back in December informing him that his uncle’s remains had been identified more than 70 years after Schlegel disappeared.  Schlegel was originally from Ohio, but Nuhn chose Beaufort National Cemetery as his final resting place because of its close proximity to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum where the airman was honored.



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