Charles Schulz was drafted into the United States Army in 1943. His mother had just passed away from a long battle with cancer. Schulz went off to war with a heavy heart as he had been extremely close with his mother.
Charles served as a Staff Sergeant with the 20th Armored Division and as a squad leader on a .50 caliber machine gun unit. His unit saw combat during the end of the war.
In his one chance to fire the machine gun, Charles had forgotten to load it. Before he could load the gun, the German soldier surrendered. Charles was proud of his service to his country but also haunted by the nature of war. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Two years later in 1947, Charles first comic strip “Lil Folks” was published. In 1950, “Peanuts” was launched. Charles Schulz, Snoopy, and Charlie Brown would be a massive success for the next 50 years.