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Thursday, June 17, 2010

My tour of duty in Key West, FL ....

I was stationed at the Key West Naval Base in 1962 attending the Navy Sonar School. During the time I was there, President Kennedy declared a blockade of shipping to and from Cuba and we were put on alert, standing watch with loaded guns every other day and attending school the next. As you can see in this link to some Key West history, the town was militarized and pretty much cut off from the rest of the country for the time of the crisis.....I had the privilege of standing honor guard duty with the rest of the sailors when we welcomed Pres. Kennedy on his tour of the Naval Station just after the crisis was declared over...spooky times and maybe the closest we have come to a nuclear war on our own soil.
See first comment for link...thanks

with relief,


  1. Somehow I can't put in a link...this sux...I will try it this way

  2. i don't think i ever thanked you for your service, my friend. it is greatly appreciated.

  3. You are welcome Katie....glad to have been of service.

  4. Thanks from me too my friend! Always want to let the vets know what they mean to us! Freedom had/has a heavy price.

    97 Roadtrek 170P "Taj Ma Trek"

  5. You're welcome Mike....thank you for the thoughts...


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