About the Cold War Warrior

I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

Kahlil Gibran

This Blog is about the learning. It is also about the men and women from all the cold wars who worked so hard for something they believed in and played so hard they forgot the pain. They were the Cold War Warriors. They lived at missile sites, on nuclear subs, sat on little and not so little islands that were either too hot or too cold but always isolated. They were the doers and the watchers. Oh, by the way, they still are.

  • Leif Smith

    Thank you. Your observations and questions are excellent.

    • solidus

      Thank you!

  • Carole Gleeson

    Absolutely spellbinding and thought provoking…..rocks us right out of our complacency, where we should not have been to begin with.

    • solidus

      Thank you very much!

  • Mike McAlpin

    Thanks for the insights. I’m a second generation cold warrior, being born to a military missileer who then transferred to civilian space. I started in crypto in the Army and got involved in the civilian space industry for a while. Many of my classmates, military and civilian, were career cold warriors. It takes a special breed and I sincerely appreciate your insights and historical perspective.

    • solidus

      Thanks, Mike! I would love to talk to some missileers or obtain copies of their writings. Policy drives programs but individuals make them work. My Dad worked across Montana on the construction of Minuteman Missile sites and I used to fly the route with him from time-to-time. It was great. Thank you for your service, Solidus

      • Mike McAlpin

        Likewise.
        I’ve got a lot of photos that were publicity/archival of some of the launch systems, misc. hardware, etc. I’ve even got a 4+ foot model of a Titan II. (I was the executor of my parents estate and nobody was interested in the missile momentos.)

        If you’re interested I’d email you a copy as I scan some of these photos.

        PS Most of the photos were from our time @ Vandenberg & JPL.

        • solidus

          I would love to receive those copies, Mike. Would you like to write a post?

          • Mike McAlpin

            Thank you for the offer. I appreciate it.

            Let me ponder the idea. (I’m in a crunch @ work and will likely be up for air in about 10 weeks or so.)

          • solidus

            I remember the crunch times well. Just let me know!

  • jaycee

    very nice

  • jaycee

    i love your article

    • solidus

      Thank you.

  • jaycee

    well i hope you do more articles

    • solidus

      Did you read the post on Secrets: An Absurd Cloak?

  • barbalicous

    Yes they are the true warriors and deserve better than what they have got from the criminals in our government. Thank God their love of country is strong for they should have fainted long ago from the weight of criminal activity they had to bear due to the public’s lack of concern. We need their help now more than ever they need to know the truth about what the real problem is and it is treason and the overtaking of this country, the freedoms they fight to defend are being usurped while they are defending our principles. http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion/2013/10/here-is-the-skinny-on-what-is-actually-going-on-in-america-we-must-insist-upon-arrests-now-2446576.html

    • Solidus1

      You are so very correct in your analysis! I read the link you provided, thank you.

      • barbalicous

        so glad you checked out the link, I know the video’s are many but it is amazing to watch the same names come up in video’s that cover a 50 year time line.