Korean War prompts ‘hurry-up’ wedding

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October 30, 2019 - 10:36 AM

Bill Mentzer was ready to serve his country as soon as he turned 18. Mentzer spoke about his military service in Korea as part of the Allen County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting Tuesday evening at the Jones Hardy American Legion Post No. 385 in Moran.

Mentzer signed up for the draft in 1948 and was told, “It’ll be awhile before you’ll go. The war wasn’t happening anywhere, but they were still drafting people.”

So Mentzer went on to junior college, only to drop out after a few months when his father fell ill and he was needed to hand-milk 15 cows.

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