By Stephen N Russell
Must see museumship:
Every veteran who served is recognized & named over the PA with a Thank You for Your service.
No audio wands on tour.
Follow yellow arrows.
Much work to be done.
No food service.
Can take pieces of deck home for 5.00
On tour Did NOT see CIC,Mn Engine spaces or Main battle turret for16 in guns.
Much more to be done.
Arriving on deck, the deck watch asks if any is military or former,U give him your details & hear name announced over PA.
No food service ashore.
Signage helps explain tour
Love the 5 in turrets, compact size.
Much labor in a BB alone for all manned guns.
16 in guns alone had huge workforce.
See Iowa, San Pedro CA, near Cruise Terminal Center.
Take 110 Frwy to San Pedro.
By Stephen N Russell
Love to see a documentary mini about when 3 SR71s over flew Hanoi & made sonic boom in 1972 while war raged & boosted POW morale.
Awesome morale story via the SR 71.
Has anyone served in any SR 71 Sqdn, Group during the Cold War & Vietnam?
Did anyone here about Hanoi sonic boom buzz in 1972.
Any way we can contact ex Nam POWs about sonic boom buzz??
Make an awesome story to tell.
Anything A-Z on SR 71 from those who Served in said Squadrons, Wing, Group aside Skunk Works ex employees IF declassfied.
Espionage is a part of warfare so this is written in that spirit.
I just finished a book “Operation SOLO” by John Barron and it was very good - also a dense book since it is full of details. For my taste, John pushes his opinions into the book too much - he works hard to insert some criticism of Martin Luther King, Angela Davis, etc. That criticism may or may not be accurate but it didn’t fit well into this narrative.
The story is how Morris Childs started out as a Communist who attended a school in Moscow that trained people to go back to their home countries and be agents of the Soviet Union. He went back to the U.S. and worked his way into being the Deputy for the U.S. Communist Party, and the financier for it. Morris Childs worked with Gus Hall, Chairman of the U.S. Communist Party, for decades. Morris was brought into the confidence of all of the significant Communist figures of the Cold War, traveled to all of the significant Communist countries and meetings, etc. After reading the “secret” speech by Kruschev he became disillusioned and started working for the FBI. The FBI ran Morris and most of his family as political agents - they visited the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, Europe, etc etc etc and gathered the thoughts and goals of the various leaders.
The book has some remarkable photos - Morris Childs with Brezhnev, Gus Hall, and lots of Soviet luminaries! But also with FBI Director William Sessions! Morris was decorated by the highest levels of both sides of the Cold War. Morris worked both sides from 1958 until 1981 - an amazing length of time. It is amazing that the Childs family could carry off this deception for years - giving the U.S. a tremendous insight into the thoughts of all of the significant Communist leaders. The Soviets passed millions of dollars to Morris, who reported it all to the FBI - so they knew exactly who was getting the money and how much.
During most of this time, Morris Childs had terrible health. He had had heart attacks, etc. but he kept traveling the world going to Communist meetings. It is remarkable that he is quoted many times saying how he despised the Communists he worked so closely with for so very long - how can you spend so much time with them and hide your true feelings?
With all of this insight, I have to ask why the U.S. was caught unaware so many times. The answer is in part that the information was so valuable that the FBI could only tell a very few people about it - which is a tremendous handicap. Also leaders on both sides do things that make sense at the time - to appease political needs, to reward or punish people, etc.
I have read a number of books about the Cold War and espionage and have to conclude that very little is ever kept secret. Both sides were riddled with spies - Oleg Penkovsky, Aldrich Ames, etc etc etc. This tells me that no conspiracy can ever be kept secret long - Morris Childs got away with his mission so long since so few people knew about it.
By George Collins
I wonder if anyone can elaborate on the alleged Cold War era underground explosives laid out across West Germany to counter expected massive Soviet tank offensive. I vaguely remember it mentioned somewhere, but never read or heard anything definitive on that.