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How Russians saved the world...TWICE...

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Two different times courageous Russians literally saved humanity from almost certain nuclear annihilation...the 1st was during the Cuban Missile Crisis when a Russian nuclear sub commander refused to authorize a nuclear missile launch and the 2nd was when a Russian officer refused to alert the chain of command that an incoming US nuclear strike was on the way. In both of these cases - these men refused to succomb to the "group think" mentality and instead held fast to their own conclusions.

These men are heroes and it is not hyperbole that each of us owes our very lives...and the lives of all of our loved ones to these brave men...

Vasily Alexandrovich Arkhipov was a Soviet Navy officer credited with casting the single vote that prevented a Soviet nuclear strike (and, presumably, all-out nuclear war) during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Such an attack likely would have caused a major global thermonuclear response which, as Noam Chomsky described, could have destroyed much of the world.[1] As flotilla commander and second-in-command of the diesel powered submarine B-59, only Arkhipov refused to authorize the captain's use of nuclear torpedoes against the United States Navy, a decision requiring the agreement of all three senior officers aboard. In 2002 Thomas Blanton, who was then director of the US National Security Archive, said that Arkhipov "saved the world".

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasily_Arkhipov_(vice_admiral)

Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov was a lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces who became known as "the man who single-handedly saved the world from nuclear war" for his role in the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident.

On 26 September 1983, three weeks after the Soviet military had shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Petrov was the duty officer at the command center for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the system reported that a missile had been launched from the United States, followed by up to five more. Petrov judged the reports to be a false alarm,[1] and his decision to disobey orders, against Soviet military protocol,[2] is credited with having prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its NATO allies that could have resulted in large-scale nuclear war. Investigation later confirmed that the Soviet satellite warning system had indeed malfunctioned.[3]

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov
 

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I lived North of Dayton, in Vandalia, Ohio in the 60s. The Dayton Airport (at the time) was directly across Route 40, The National Road, from where I grew up.
During the Cuban Missile Crisis I remember seeing that Wright-Patterson Air Force base had moved several mobile, big, rocket launchers onto the airport property. WPB was 10+ miles away on the Northeast side of Dayton, Ohio proper.
These missile launchers were far enough away from WPB if there had been an attack launched from Cuba and had hit WPB those missiles could still launch a counter attack.
We were very close to the action.