6 Oct 61


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President John F. Kennedy, speaking on civil defense, advises American families to build bomb shelters to protect them from atomic fallout in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.1 reference


Where were you on October 6, 1961? That year the 6th was on a Friday.

I was working at the Army Security Agency communications center ‘Dachsbau’ in Frankfurt, Germany.

Less than two months before, August 13, the border between the Soviet puppet German Democratic Republic and the western sectors was closed.

Life was tense!

There were similar concerns about the full intent of Russians in the GDR, but we in the Agency under extreme caution could not share with our families. My wife and sons had arrived in Frankfurt only a month before on the last flight of dependents that year.

The threat of a local a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union wasn’t of high concern, but the GDR supported by Russia had tanks lined up just 45 miles from Frankfurt.

Life was tense, but 60 years later, here we are!


As my octogenarianism continues, my mind wanders as I wonder.
Or could it be that my mind wonders as I wander?
It is a fact that I have opinions – or is it?

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