Langlade County residents have contributed mightily to the nation’s defense, sending its young men and women into battle from the Civil War through Iraqi and Afghanistan.
Many did not come back, including Lance Cpl. John Mattek in Iraq a decade ago. A memorial bench will be dedicated in his honor on Monday as part of the LeRoyer Walkway service.
Langlade County Veterans Service Officer John Zenkovich, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, has assembled a list of the county’s war casualties, and it was an eye-opener when it first appeared in the May issue of Prime Times, the Journal’s monthly family magazine.