Share your Nike Missile Site knowledge and memories through Oral History with the National Park Service!
The National Park Service is seeking Nike veterans with Ajax and/or Hercules experience; all Nike missile job types, and all three Nike site areas: Launcher Site (especially emphasized), Control, and Administration, at any Nike Site throughout the U.S. or world. A recent Nike Launcher Site Visioning Workshop has laid the groundwork for future improvements at Nike site SF-88L in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Your memories and site descriptions will help the Park Service to achieve restoration, preservation, education, and interpretation goals into the future.
For more information or to schedule a meeting convenient for you, phone 415-561-2804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 5, 2016: In 1962 Moscow implemented a clandestine plan to locate nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missiles in Cuba. In response, the United States blockaded the island of Cuba by surrounding it with naval ships, creating an umbrella of Air Force interceptors and bombers, and positioning surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles in South Florida. These events brought the world to the brink of thermonuclear war and the potential for mutually assured destruction (MAD) of humankind. An essay by Charles Carter
SP5 Don Mullis has contributed a list of the trials and tribulations he faced while working on Nikes.
CWO-3 Bill G. Price sent a couple of photos of HM-95.
Vince LaRosa was stationed at B Btry 4th of 43 and the 87th Artillery GP at Fort Richardson AK. He sent their unit crests and other photos.
November, 2015: Ted Swanson alerts us to WLRN's web page with many articles on the Cuban Missile crisis, including the role of Nike missiles.
Aug. 3, 2015: We've added four more cartoons by Bob Matlick to our HUMOR page. These wonderful old cartoons give some hint of the intensity of some Nike work while at the same time being irreverent about it all.
SP-5 Robert Layman, "B" Battery Missile Tracking Operator 75-78, manned a display for Homestead, FL Military Appreciation Day 30 May 2015
May 17, 2015: SPC Timothy Hardy has contributed a list of the dangers and terrors he faced while working on Nikes.
May 2015: John Garside writes: Hello everyone at the NIKE Historical Society. We finally finished the documentary about the NIKE bases. We contacted some of the enlisted guys that you sent us to, and they seemed into it. Then overnight they weren't. So, we were unable to include them in this... But that's ok, we think it turned out pretty good anyway. Thanks for all your help. The link is https://youtu.be/9kaoBeklaMo. [Share your experience. You have another opportunity. -Editor]
May 13, 2015: Thomas Koedel contributed a comprehensive history of the Pittsburgh defense. He begins the story in 1952 with the guns used to defend Pittsburgh industry and transportation, and continues through the Ajax installation, and then the Hercules. His story of cold war defense is of interest to all of us.
You can buy this new decal, designed by Al Kellogg, in the Nike Historical Society on-line store.
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