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Memorial Day Poem 2017
I wrote this poem a while back. Many of us have experienced this. I saw it first hand as a teen in a small town in Pennsylvania during the Vietnam War. It has happened throughout our Nation's history. It happened during the Cold War even though we supposedl...

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WOW - 45 Years !
45 years ago today; a young, full of himself 18 years old boy
strode into the downtown Philadelphia induction center with his mother and
girlfriend to be processed into the U. S. Navy. The mother was proud but a
little concerned; Vietnam was waning but stil...

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We are back!
I finally am able to dedicate time to this blog once again. Watch for the new issue starting today. Thank you for your patience. John K PS: I am always looking for Cold War stories to share. Please email me at with your Cold Wa...

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Blog Update
I apologize but I have suspended writing while I deal with other priorities, this is a part-time endeavor for me. Work, a new house, and family responsibilities have and are consuming most of my spare time so far in 2016. I will resume as soon as possible. ...

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A little nostalgia on an anniversary date
44 years ago today, I boarded a train at the North Philadelphia station and changed my life forever. That train was the start of a trip which eventually got me to a place called, RTC Great Lakes. My conversion, from a small town car nut shade tree mechanic ...

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New articles temporarily suspended
I apologize but I have suspended writing this month, this is a part-time endeavor for me. I moved into a new house on January 4th and it has consumed most of my spare time. I will resume as soon as possible. Check back often or sign up for updates by follow...

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Christmas in Korea - A Cold Warrior's story
I have had various Cold War Veterans share their Christmas stories with me. Here is the first one which is a re-post from last year. It still gets to me. I will share others over the next few days. Christmas Eve, 1979, Republic of Korea.     It was dark and...

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Scooby-Doo and a Cold War Connection? - You Bet According to One Scooby Fan
When I saw the headline announcing a connection between the Cold War and Scooby-Doo cartoons, I just had to read it! This is so off the wall, funny, and interesting at the same time. It takes a real stretch of the imagination but try to put yourself into th...

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Cold War Heroes Series Begins With The First Recorded CIA Casualty, Douglas Mackiernan
Most Cold Warriors have seen a photo of the CIA's Wall of Stars where there are 103 stars depicting the agents that have made the ultimate sacrifice. For those that have not, below is the official image from the CIA Flickr page. Today's post is about the fi...

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FAIL-SAFE ! One of the Cold War's Excellent Books, Movie, and TV Show
FAIL-SAFE was originally printed as a serial in  The Saturday Evening Post , then as a book in 1962, in 1964 it became a movie starring Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau and a very young Larry Hagman, and uniquely, it became a live broadcast TV show in 2000. Firs...
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