With more twins these days, there’s more opportunity to pull the old switcheroo

By Jack Hackley

Back when I was growing up and in school, I never knew any twins. There weren’t any in our school. Today I see a set of twins almost every time I go to Walmart or school function.
I contacted the superintendent’s office in Oak Grove and asked how many sets of twins there were and was told they did not keep a record.
However, one teacher told me there were three sets of twins in one class that he knew of. This could be because of fertility drugs or just the fact the population has increased so much.
When I got drafted in the Army, identical twins, Ken and Keith Matchell, from Grandview were drafted the same day. They were handsome with dark hair and no one could tell them apart.
They would sit around in the barracks and tell us stories about how they would double-date a couple of girls, go into the restroom at a filling station, come out and switch girls without the girls knowing it.
When we headed overseas, our company was comprised of four-man buddy teams who were not to be separated. The Army hoped this would increase the morale of the troops.
The Matchell twins, myself, and a guy from my hometown, Gary Reagin, were a four-man team. However, when we were assigned to an infantry company, the battalion commander spotted the Matchells and wanted them in his headquarters company. We saw each other frequently and after being discharged remained lifelong friends.
When we were coming back home on a troop ship, Keith got K.P. for three days. The second day, Keith begged Ken to substitute for him since the smell of food made him more seasick.
When Ken went in the kitchen, the guy in charge told him to make coffee. When Ken asked him how to do it, the cook replied, “The same way I showed you yesterday, dummy.”

Jack can be reached at PO Box 40, Oak Grove, MO 64075 or Visit

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