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Distinguished Speaker Series | Fred Borch: Key West and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 – NOON

13-February from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Distinguished Speaker Series | Fred Borch: Key West and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962

Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

On October 14, 1962, US Air Force spy planes flying over Cuba discovered that the Soviet Union was assembling medium range ballistic missiles on the island—missiles that could reach most of the United States in minutes and, if armed with nuclear warheads, posed a grave threat to Americans. In the days and weeks that followed, the Cuban Missile Crisis took the world to the brink of nuclear war. Given its proximity to Cuba, Key West was in the thick of the Crisis. On Thursday, February 13th, Military historian Fred Borch will talk about Key West during this event and how its beaches played a key role protecting the United States in October and November 1962. 

About the Presenter: 

Fred Borch is the Regimental Historian and Archivist for the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He served 25 years as an Army lawyer before retiring from active duty in 2005. The following year, he returned to the Army as a civilian and today is the only full-time military legal historian in the U.S. government. Fred has history degrees from Davidson College and the University of Virginia, law degrees from the University of North Carolina, University of Brussels (Belgium) and The Judge Advocate General’s School. He also has an M.A. from the Naval War College. 

Sponsored by the Helmerich Trust, John and Marilyn Rintamaki, the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs,

Aloys and Carol Metty, and Lee Garrison


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