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Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday—Silent Heroes of The Cold War

My connection to Nevada Cold War history




Douglas C-54 Skymaster_Source: Wikipedia


USAF 9068 Official Report Photographs C-54_public domain


Silent Heroes of the Cold War 
National Memorial



Inscribed on the memorial...


From the John F. Kenney Presidential Library and Museum

JFK Address at U.N. General Assembly
25 September 1961



"...Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable.

Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or by madness."


Click HERE to read more about the recovery mission 

My grandfather, Harold Ballinger, and his brother, Eldon, were among the 20 members of the volunteer Clark County Sheriff's Mounted Posse who rode up the mountain to retrieve the remains of a top-secret military flight containing plans for the U2 spy plane.

As a lifetime achievement, this single accomplishment speaks to the bravery and sense of duty that each of these men possessed.  As it is with all true heroes, they were simply responding to a situation that required their help.  For that they deserve the recognition that this memorial affords.  

Click HERE for more info about the memorial on facebook


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