Slaugh recalls Berlin Wall’s fall

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November 14, 2019 - 10:39 AM

The residents of East Berlin pounded on Carl Slaugh’s brown Chevrolet van, their jubilant voices shouting as the family slowly inched toward Checkpoint Charlie. The van shook as the crowd jostled against it.

“It was almost as if we were part of a soccer game letting out. People just started to move in a certain direction,” Slaugh recalled.

Slaugh, now a longtime Iola resident, was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Air Force from 1982 to 1985, and again from 1988 to 1991. He and his family visited East Berlin the day the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.

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