October 2012

Gitmo and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962

Volume 95, Issue 10

The bluish-black mushroom cloud spi raled high into the sky, an awesome sight against the clear blue Caribbean Sea and the lush green mountains of Oriente Province. Another U.S. Marine and I stood transfixed at the scene, both of us filled with foreboding of a nuclear attack on "Gitmo," the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that we were defending in October 1962.

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