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World War One Centennial The centennial of World War One has been going on since the summerof 2014, over two and a half years. For such a world changing eventthere has been surprisingly little publicity in the US. I don't knowwhy that is the case. Maybe because the US didn't get involved until1917. Perhaps we will see more starting this year. Until '17 onlyEurope and Great Britain were involved so interest here may be low.There have been a few newspaper articles about the Battle of theSomme, Verdun, etc. That war has never been one of my major interest, so I know verylittle. It was the first time airplanes were used in a major conflictand I have read a fair amount about that aspect of it, but beyond thatI'm pretty limited. There was a lot more interest fifty years ago atthat anniversary. Life magazine ran a lot of stories and pictures. Iwas in high school and avidly read them. (I still have them.) Of course at that time there were still a lot of the vets alive sopeople felt more connected. There were several at Randolph--Bill Kopp, Del Williamson and others. When I started practicing law in Sidney in1978 there were even a few. Rex Darst and George Barnard come tomind. They and some others, notably the Tacketts started the AmericanLegion post there and ultimately the Sidney Rodeo. My uncle, Roy Longinaker was a vet of the war. He went to CouncilBluffs to join the navy, couldn't get in so joined the army instead.For that reason he was considered to be a Pottawattamie County veteranand not listed on the memorial in Sidney even though he was fromRandolph. He got to France and got sick in the terrible influenzaepidemic. He survived but never made it to the front. He alwayswondered if the flu saved his life. He farmed at Randolph for manyyears and later moved to Lincoln where he worked for the Elgin WatchCo. where they made aircraft instruments. He was president of ourbank from 1963 until his death in 1976. My wife, Lora Damme's great uncle, Carl Holtgrewe of Talmage NE waskilled fighting in Belgium. His grave is over there. Lora's parentsvisited it and we hope to during the centennial. The American Legionpost in Talmage is named for him. An interesting aside on Bill Kopp, a vet from Randolph. He gotdrafted again for World War 2! He was a private in both. This waspretty unusual; most of the ones who were in the first war as enlistedmen were made officers or senior sargeants in the second one. Billworked in the post office in Randolph for many years. I wished I'dasked him why he didn't get promoted.