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Scary Cold War stories.

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by banger, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. banger

    banger

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    We are rapidly closing in on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    Let's hear the scary stories of how close we came...

    I'll begin.

    Years ago, I had the privilege of knowing a retired Navy veteran.

    In October of 1962 he was assigned to the flight deck of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

    He explained that as the days "ticked by" the degree of tension in the air was steadily increasing.

    Even on board ship, it was clear that things were different this time.

    There came a point (on what they would later learn was a climax moment), where things became "real".

    He explained that attack aircraft were bought up to the flight deck, (nothing unusual about that).

    Planes fueled, again nothing unusual.

    Flight checked and all the rest.

    Then there came a point where (what he called) the "Atom bombs" were brought to the deck and attached to several planes.

    Attaching one in practice was routine in the training, however he never observed it occur on more than one aircraft at a time. (This time there were several).

    Then, the thing that he explained worried him the most.

    The "Arming kits" were brought to a ready area where the bombs could be fused in minutes.

    THAT NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE (or after).

    Thirty years later you could still tell how "spooked" he was by this.

    As we obviously know things worked out for the best, but scary moment indeed.

    Now, what's your story?
     
  2. Powder

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    Did they even have nukes that could be attached to a plane able to be launched off of a carrier in those days?
     

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    Since the 50s, most fighter/strike aircraft were/are nuke capable. There were a number of small tactical nukes available at the time, too. B28s, Mk12s come to mind maybe b57s.
     
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  4. Mister_Beefy

    Mister_Beefy Legal & Proper

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    the cuban missile crisis is the most well known time that we came close to WWIII, but not the only one.

    it has happened several times.
     
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  5. HollowHead

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    Actually, the Cuban Missile Crisis was nothing compared to this. HH

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    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    vikingsoftpaw DEPLORABLE ME!

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    In the wake of KAL007... Able Archer 83

    The average person never knew how close we were to WWIII.
     
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    I met a guy once who told me how he was stationed in Germany in the early-mid 80s when his unit was out on patrol in the snow near the border. Apparently the Soviets were out there too. The two patrols met, each thinking they were on their side of the border. They got to shooting and things escalated to the battalion level. Apparently the battalion commander on the US side shut things down. He got his ass chewed for not escalating it more.

    I don't quite beleive the guy but it seemed reasonably plausible. I got to know a couple of guys pretty who told me about their adventures in Korea.
     
  9. ScottieG59

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    A lot happened over the many years of the Cold War. Many stories guys "who were there" tell you are complete BS or from the history channel after being declassified.

    I was a soldier then and work with many veterans now. Those with "war stories" related to classified events typically do not relive them in stories, not even with those with similar backgrounds and experience.

    Also, people with a front row view of conflict may overstate the significance.

    That being said, if you want a realistic view, seek out information that has been declassified and released to the public. Some information has been declassified and released under the Freedom of Information Act.

    Still, what you may get is a once classified opinion and speculation that may have been wrong.

    Accept stories as stories and a little suspended disbelief will make them seem real. Of course, you could ask the guy who was there, stationed 10 clicks north of Sum Dam Lye.
     
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    Yeah a good thing we turned back the russians then. If we didn't we might have a communist in charge right now.
     
  12. larry_minn

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    My cold war "story" was told to me by my teacher. She said that going under my desk, in a room with wall to wall windows 7' high would protect me if a NUKE went off next to school.
    Sadly I was taught to respect those in authority so I didn't say what I should have.
     
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    I had a friend who was in the Navy at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis as well. He was on the USS Independence. He said for three weeks he hardly left his battle station and described tension similar to the first post in this thread. He passed away a few years back in a car accident.
     
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    Missile crew duty during the 70's; more scary stories than I like to remember. Crew duty was hours and hours of boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror.

    WP
     
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    So the commander sent them into imminent danger unarmed. Well at least we killed the tree. :steamed:

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