The Liberator: What Happened To Felix Sparks After World War 2 – Screen Rant

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Netflix's The Liberator tells the true story of U.S. soldier Felix Sparks, so what happened to him after World War II? Here's what you need to know.

The Liberator tells theincredible story of World War II veteranFelix Sparks, so what happened to himupon returning home? The four-part animated Netflix series provides some closing biographical information about the U.S. Army officer butnot enough for audiences to understand what kind of life he led after surviving the war. Based on Alex Kershaw's eponymous 2012 book and developed for Netflix by Jeb Stuart, The Liberator released in November 2020.

StarringBradley James as Sparks, The Liberator centers on the U.S. Army's157th regiment. Known as "The Thunderbirds," the unit - as told through voiceover narration - was trainedFort Sill, Oklahoma and consisted of Apache, Seminole, Cherokee, Sioux, Choctaw, and Mexican Americans. The Netflix miniseries begins with the regiment's invasion of Sicily, and follows them through the Italian mainland to Salerno. After a devastating defeat at Anzio, in which Sparks emerges as the only survivor ofthe 157th, he rebuilds his unit and pushes forth through France, and ultimately reaches the sad truth about Nazi Germany at Dachau Concentration Camp.

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In the series finale of The Liberator, Sparks is investigatedfor his involvement in the mass execution of Nazi soldiers at Dachau. He's ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing by none other than George S. Patton, the legendary American General who tragically passed away in car accident just months after World War II ended. "Don't let the scars ruin you," Patton tells Sparks, who returns home to his beloved wife Mary. Closing graphics in the Netflix series showthat Sparks attended law school at the University of Colorado and eventually served on the Colorado State Supreme Court. The Liberator also reveals that Sparks died in 2007 after 65 years of marriage to Mary.

Two years after the end of World War II, Sparks graduated from law school in 1947. Approximately 16 years later, his 16-year-old grandson was reportedly (via Westword) shot and killed in Denver. Around the same time, Sparks served in theColorado Army National Guard as the Cuban Missile Crisis ramped up, and later commanded the unit during the majority of the '70s.By the '90s, Sparks became involved in the organizationPeople United No Children's Handguns! (PUNCH!), and was subsequently awardedtheCommunity Champion Award by the Civil Justice Foundation; an accolade to sit alongside his Silver Star and two Purple Hearts from World War II.

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