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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Local veteran tells story

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  • During World War II Kansas resident Glen Langkop was a young child but when the Korean War broke out, Langkop was 19 and old enough to be drafted. During this time, Western Europe was controlled by the Allies and reconstruction efforts were still going on. An America presence was still needed in Germany throughout the 1950s.  Langkop said that he was not nervous when they drafted him, since he was a farm boy, he felt that there was more to do as he was trying to get other jobs as well. "You could hardly get a job back then," Langkop said. "I was inducted in Kansas. I went to basic training in Arkansas for eight weeks."  Langkop said that after eight weeks of on-the-field basic training, another eight weeks was spent in the classroom solving complex problems dealing with shooting large guns. "We had to figure out how much powder to put in a gun so it would shoot where we needed it to shoot. We had to figure the mileage and coordinates," Langkop said. "As soon as I got done with basic I went to Germany as an occupation troop. It was like having a job. We would go to work and play war throughout the day. Every three months we would go out to the firing range and practice with our guns to see how accurate we could get. We had to figure out how to make a 100 pound bullet land where we needed it to land." Langkop said that things have changed greatly since he was stationed in Germany. "I was talking to a career soldier the other day and he said that they just enter in the numbers and the gun fires where it needs to fire," Langkop said. He was in Germany for 18 months, a time he enjoyed greatly. "I never heard any German say anything negative about the Americans. When Eisenhower ran for President they would all come to you and ask if you were going to vote for him. They said that they wanted Eisenhower and so I voted for him and he made it. They were ticked more than the Americans were because they really thought a lot about him. They credited him for saving them from the Russians," Langkop said. Langkop came home but had to wait 30 days before he could be discharged in 1956. He said that he would never do without the experience and that it taught him more than any farm boy could have learned staying on the farm. "I learned how to get along with people," Langkop said. After his service to his country Langkop stayed on the farm for a while but then entered into a construction business. He later made Boonville his home working on construction projects throughout the area including the construction of Interstate 70. Langkop still resides in Boonville where he shares his stories with friends. 
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