Korean War Veteran Calvin Langer, PFC, United States Army
The U.S. Army drafted Langer when he was working on his family’s farm in Adams County in 1949. “I was 25 years old,” said Langer. “I went to Camp Breckenridge outside Morganfield, Kentucky for basic training and then to Fort Lewis, in Washington for infantry training.”
Langer served a year, was released with other draftees in October of 1950 and was then called back to service. In March 1951, Langer shipped off to Korea.
“I served in the 1st Battalion of the 9th Infantry Regiment,” he said. Langer was stationed on the front line and fired mortars. “I was at Bloody Ridge,” referring to a conflict in the central Korean mountain range.
“There was a heavy mortar fight which included the rest of the 1st Battalion with infantry and riflemen and machine gunners; we started firing mortars around 5 a.m. and kept firing until 6 p.m. They estimated there were 500 Chinese killed,” said Langer.