San Miguel at dusk looking West.
I remember the Cuban Missle crisis as though it happened yesterday. I'll tell you why. It was the first time that our car was stopped and searched entering England AFB located on the outskirts of Alexandria, Louisiana. It was the first time I ever saw guns with bayonets on the front of them. All I was doing, at 20 years of age, was driving my husband to work on the base.
He was a paramedic in a Tactical Air Squadron. He worked at the base hospital.
We had a newborn little girl, Jennifer, nine months old She was in the car also.
After dropping my husband off at the hospital, I turned around and headed off base where the car was thoroughly searched again. To say I was rattled would be an understatement.
That night when my husband got a ride home, he said he had to leave. He didn't know where he was going but that the Russians had missles pointed at the US and that they were on high alert.
That was serious enough. But then he said, "All families are being told to have an evacuation plan to leave here and go somewhere where the missles probably won't strike". I'll never forget my reaction.
Where in the world would that be? He said we had to determine a place so if there was a war on American soil that he would know where to find me when it was over because there might not be any possibility of phone service. WOW.
Talk about a sobering thought. He packed his duffle bag. Got a ride with a fellow serviceman, kissed me and our daughter goodbye and left. We had determined that if I needed to evacuate that I would go to a very small town in northwestern Louisiana where some distant relatives lived.
I don't know how many days he was gone. It seemed like forever. Of course in those days, news didn't travel fast like today. It was a very terrifying time.
Needless to say, I, everyone in the USA and probably most people in the world were glad when the Russians and Cubans backed down.
I was darn young then. Even so, I certainly realized the consequences. It was a wonderful day when my husband came home.
I'll never forget it!
Where were you? What are your memories?