Cuban Missile Crisis. There was a great interest in building bomb shelters as the idea that there were Russian missiles in nearby Cuba was very unsettling.Except for the news on TV, the Cold War seemed very far removed from me. It didn't localise itself again until 1962 and we had the
From 1968 until 1972, I was particularly aware of the Cold War while I was in the Air Force. During my three years overseas, there was always a constant reminder of enemy threats that reflected in our training and day to day routine. Especially in Turkey where we were so close to the Soviet border.
I considered myself fortunate that my time in the military during the Vietnam war never included a tour in SEA (South East Asia), though it came very close to happening, but that is another story.