Inside the Silos of Doomsday

O'Hanneson, Robert G.
November 2006
Military History;Nov2006, Vol. 23 Issue 8, p37
The article discusses the author's experience of being one of the men responsible for authenticating nuclear launch messages from Okinawa, Japan during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He relates being ordered to shoot anyone who attempts to take the 45-caliber weapon, magazine and launch messages from him. He narrates seeing reconnaissance photographs of the weapons buildup on Cuba and Soviet ships. He cites the time when they had come close to nuclear disaster.


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