Chickasaw Veterans Recall Angst of Cuban Missile Crisis
Bob Lawrence remembers exactly where he was during the Cuban Missile Crisis. While many historians agree the world came within minutes of a nuclear holocaust, Lawrence’s firsthand account adds support to those claims.
Lawrence was serving on a U.S. Navy destroyer escort in 1962 when the crew stopped a Russian trawler bound for Cuba. When the commanding officer of the U.S. ship asked permission to board the nuclear transport disguised as a fishing vessel the captain refused.
That led to an hours long standoff resolved only when the Russian vessel turned back.
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