by Duluth News Tribune
November 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
In most of America’s wars, front lines have been far from the home front.
Tags: Business, Military, Politics, superior, Twin Ports 13 Comments »
Growing up in the middle of the civil defense drills and the Kennedy assassination, I’d heard as a child back then, that Duluth was one of the top ten (I heard we were #6) targets if the Russians were going to attack, because we were likely to get hit from the north, not over the long Pacific Ocean. We were one of the few northern interceptor bases that could keep them from entering US air space.
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We were #6 *if* the Russians were going to attack. It would be interesting to know how that was figured out. Radio intercepts?
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We grew up in grade school with the duck and cover sound over the PA, knowing one of these times it wouldn’t be a drill and the rockets would come up and over the pole and disable the harbor. funny thing is, we only heard about this in school- so when we were out of school we felt safe, thinking only the strike would come when we were in school. I wonder hoe many children dreaded going to school thinking that is where they would be when the rockets came- as if hiding under desks would save us= but we believed they would back then, We were made fully aware of the NORAD and DEWLINE (?) that were protecting our northern borders- but something just might slip through – so duck and cover.
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I remember being told Duluth was a target because of the ore docks. It seems to me that Finland Mn. had a “bomark” missle base at one time also. Now some of the missle silos of the 60′s are being made in to living quarters.
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Finland was NORAD attached to the Duluth AFB
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The BOMARC missile base near Duluth was off the Bergquist Rd., about half way between Duluth and Two Harbors and about a mile or so up the hill from Highway 61. Finland had a radar base. The BOMARC missile base was active here from about 1960 until 1972.
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I grew up in that era and was probably more precocious than most kids in understanding the destructive power of nuclear weapons. I was fascinated by documentary tv programs that showed films of nuclear explosions with the blast, heat, and radiation effects. When I pointed out to some of my grade school classmates that the duck and cover drills were useless and we would all likely die in a nuclear attack, I received mostly uncomprehending stares. Ah yes, the wonder years…the Mickey Mouse Club and MAD, Mutual Assured Destruction.
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I just wanted to watch some kid programming on TV after I got home from school, but they had that Cuban Missile Crisis stuff on. It scared the hell out of me. I thought the world was about to end.
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We were VERY close to a nuclear war and the end of the world as we knew it.
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Now we have Obamunism. The Russians won I guess.
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Smartimus, If the Russians had won we wouldn’t writing our opinions….. probably most of us would be dead. Let’s see Obama or dead…hmmmm.
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I remember a lot of old people telling me I should be scarred and now I finally am..
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Do the thumbs down mean people think we’re lyeing or history didn’t happen?
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