When the Russians Blinked: An Eyewitness to the U.S. Response in the Cuban Missile Crisis

    Date/Time
    Date(s) - 09/16/2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Location
    Old Bust Head Brewery

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    WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO FLY INTO GUANTANAMO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS AND

    FACE DOWN THE RUSSIANS AND CUBANS?

    ASK A MARINE OFFICER WHO DID THAT WITH HIS TROOPS

    The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by Col. Barry Colassard (USMC, Ret.) on
    When the Russians Blinked: An Eyewitness to the U.S. Response in the Cuban Missile Crisis

    In 1962, Barry Colassard (Colonel, USMC, Ret.) was the commander of a Marine Rifle Company of the 2nd Marine Division that was ordered to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Company was positioned along the fortified border (“Cactus Curtain”) separating Cuba and the U.S. Naval Base. He will cover the background of the Crisis in the division of Germany at the start of the Cold War and the key factors leading up to the1961 events that precipitated the Crisis, the major events in the Crisis itself, and what it looked and felt like for him and his men as they protected the perimeter at Guantanamo in the middle of the Crisis. He’ll close with the story of Vasili Arkhipov, the Man Who Saved the World during the U.S. naval blockade of Cuba in the Crisis. (You can see more information on this event, and an artifact from that blockade, at the Museum’s exhibit on Arkhipov, who truly did save the world by his actions.)
    Col. Colassard served almost his entire career as a Marine Corps infantry officer, following his Cuban Missile Crisis service with two tours in Vietnam (1965 and 1969-70). Later staff service in the Marines included as an intelligence officer, in an assignment in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and service aboard the National Emergency Airborne Command Post (NEACP) as a War Plans briefer to the President when embarked during a National Emergency. He retired from active service in 1981 and has been a docent at the National Museum of the Marine Corps since its dedication in 2006.

    This is the fourteenth in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum featuring expert eyewitnesses to, and other authorities on, significant Cold War and related events and activities. Presentations occur at the brewery or at the Vint Hill Craft Winery, followed by special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants.

    Date: Sunday, September 16th, 2018

    (NOTE: FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PRESENTATION BUT CANNOT ATTEND BECAUSE THEY ARE AT A DISTANCE, HAVE A CONFLICT, ETC., THEY MAY BUY A TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE AND THEN ACCESS THE EVENT VIDEO ONLINE AFTER THE EVENT VIA A LINK THAT CWM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JASON HALL WILL SEND THEM. TO ARRANGE, EMAIL JASON AT JASON@COLDWAR.ORG.)

    Time: 1:00 PM. (Arrival at the brewery: 12:30-1:00 PM)

    Cost: $25, including the presentation; a $7 coupon toward a craft beer draft, Kombucha or other drink; a $10 contribution to the Cold War Museum; and special access to the Museum (next door) for event participants following the presentation. TICKETS AT THE DOOR, IF AVAILABLE, WILL BE $35.

    TICKETS AND DETAILED INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/when-the-russians-blinked-an-eyewitness-to-the-us-response-in-the-cuban-missile-crisis-tickets-48047271683

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