Elkhart man was one of seven killed in accident during Cuban Missile...

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 Posted 10/21/2012 2:54:30 AM
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Elkhart man was one of seven killed in accident during Cuban Missile Crisis
Elkhart man was one of seven killed in accident during Cuban Missile Crisis
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 Posted 10/21/2012 3:35:05 AM
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I didn't know that an Elkhart native was killed while on a mission during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Thanks for sharing that story Mr Riblet. Hard to believe that this happened 50 years ago. Brought back a lot of memories. I was stationed at Misawa Air Force Base in Japan at the time. I was just short of my 19th birthday and had been in the service for just over a year. Most of us were in our teens or early twenties. We all knew that if war broke out we'd be toast in minutes since our base was a prime target and was not far from the southern part of Russia. What was really ironic was the brass on the base decided to break out the small arms and live ammo to defend the base from a potential Russian attack. It was a big joke with the enlisted men. What the hell good were M-1's going to be when a nuke landed on our heads. Thank God it was over in just a few days. I give a lot of credit to JFK. The man showed that he had balls of steel. I still respect him today as my commander in chief 50 years after the fact. It's sad that just over a year later he was dead. Cut down in the prime of his life.
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 Posted 10/21/2012 3:38:38 PM
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A big Amen! to my friend Bill Riblet's  narrative of Jack Douberteen. I sat next to Jack in morning home-room in high-school, and in spite of the fact that he was, in fact, a big-man-on-campus, he made little or nothing of that status, and treated everyone around him as a peer and a friend. I was working for the newspaper in Mishawaka at the time of his death, and I remember telling my coworkers how very sad I was to learn of that news. Elkhart had lost a really great guy!
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