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By Teresa Simpson
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Veteran's Corner - Richard Appel


March 30, 2023

Submitted Photo - Richard Appel

Richard Appel, right, trains for his artillery assignment.

COLFAX - Local veteran Richard Appel, 85, was going to WSU during the Korean war.

"Since the war was coming, I decided to go through ROTC there at WSU," he said, adding that when he came out, he went into the service in 1959.

Appel went to Oklahoma at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he spent three months learning about tactics, techniques, and procedures for using fire support systems in combat.

"I was in what was called the S3 classification," Appel explained, noting that they were operations directors in the artillery service.

Appel explained that young second lieutenants would be a...

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