Irony


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On this date, November 4, 1956, the Soviet Union crushed what was started as a Hungarian Student Uprising.


On this date, November 4, 1956, my Army Security Agency intercept equipment repair class at Ft. Devens, MA, was five days from graduation. There was considerable speculation about where our post-grad assignments would be.

Being significantly trained, several of us had been on TDY 1temporary duty at the Pentagon in mid October to assist an Army Signal Corps unit with installation of specialized intercept equipment.

We were still there on October 23 and discovered why that equipment was being installed. Officers and enlisted men needed to be trained on it because the student-sparked revolt against Hungary’s Communist rule had begun.

Irony of the time is incredibly significant to me.

Zoltan Kosa was deeply involved in the Hungarian student movement while I was involved in setting up equipment to collect intelligence from Russian and Hungarian radio transmissions.

There is much more to the story, but Zoltan and classmates escaped to Canada. He graduated from British Columbia University, married, and had a daughter Marika. She married our son Jon; they had daughters Sarah and Calin.

Based on what is told in this History.com article, one can surmise why there was no direct impact on our assignments.

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