The Missiles of Oklahoma

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By andry Brewer Instructor of History

Editor’s Note - This is the third in the series of Landry Brewer’s article about the ICBM missles located in Southwest Oklahoma in the 1960’s. Our thanks to the author and The Chronicles of Oklahoma for permission to reprint this article and accompanying photos.

The Altus Times-Democrat carried several stories about the April 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion, which occurred within President Kennedy’s first 100 days in office. “Rebels Swarming Ashore 90 Miles Outside Havana,” “Rusk Declares Invaders Not From U.S. Soil,” “Castro Declares Emergency State As Invaders Hit” and “Cuba Charges U.S.-Financed” were some of the headlines in the April 17 edition. April 18 headlines included “Nikita Calls On Kennedy to ‘Halt’ Rebels in Cuba” and “Navy Clamps Security On Guantanamo.”


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