World War II veteran remembers D-Day 74 years later

Source: WGCL

Hilbert Margol is a walking piece of history as a veteran who served in World War II with his twin brother Howard.

After D-Day they were deployed to Germany where the twins' curiosity helped liberate a concentration camp.

Hilbert says he and his brother enlisted in the Army immediately after the Pearl Harbor attacks.

"We didn't know what to expect. We didn't know what it was going to involve."

The twins were separated, but thanks to President Roosevelt it was not for long. Margol says his mother wrote a letter to the commander-in-chief requesting her boys be put in the same infantry.

"A couple weeks later she got a letter from the White House explaining that as a two star mother her request would be granted."

The Margol brothers reunited in the 42nd Rainbow Infantry. After D-Day they were sent to Germany.

"The next military mission was Munich. Capture Munich."

Margol says the other men in their infantry thought there was a chemical factory nearby, but he and his brother knew that wasn't the case.

"So I told my sergeant we're going to go over and see what is over there. Don't leave without us. So over we went," says Margol. "We saw several sliding doors of the box cars that had been open by the infantry guys ahead of us and of course they were filled with dead bodes."

Margol and his brother had a camera and one roll of film that they used to take pictures. The twins had stumbled up the Dachau Concentration Camp just hours after Nazi soldiers surrendered it.

"We later learned there were over 32,000 prisoners in the barracks at the time. We only saw maybe four of them outside the barracks. Not a pretty sight."

The Margol brothers and their infantry are now known for liberating the camp.

Shortly after that, they captured Munich.

After the war the brothers started a successful furniture company and raised their families in the states.

They never forgot the turmoil they once lived through.

"It's something we should never forget. Nobody wants war."

Margol's brother Howard died last year from Parkinson's Disease. Together the twins have donated countless pictures to the Atlanta History Center and the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

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