Military Memories

Just watched the movie ’13 Days’.  It covers the 13 days in October, 1962 when Kennedy confronted Khhrushchev over the installation of missles in Cuba.

I was in the Army, stationed in France at the time.  I wonder what people felt and thought during that time.  Were they really as frightened and concerned as portrayed in the movie?

I can’t remember the date, but I’ll never forget the actvities of October 24, 1962.  At the time I lived off base in Montegny Sur Loing, just south of Fountainbleu where our base was located.  I was awakened at 2:30 or 3am and told to report to base.  (This would have been 7:30 ET here.)

I rushed in to the base and we were immediately loaded up and on the road.  (We were a mobile communications center)  We drove for about an hour and pulled into a small town where we waited for further orders.  We sat for hours until finally told to return to base.

We didn’t have access to any ‘news’ and I can tell you it was a very tense experience!  We weren’t expected to operate form more than a few hours in case of war.  As a communications hub we would have been targeted early and that thought was uppermost in our minds as we waited for instructions.

You can imagine our relief when we returned to base without being deployed.  President Kennedy was our hero that day!

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