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Monday—Silent Heroes of The Cold War

My connection to Nevada Cold War history

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 her…