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Cuban Missile Crises Interview For my Cuban missile crises interview I interviewed one of my uncles friends from back east His name is Gordie Morris Mr Morris explained how for thirteen days the world held its breath people didnt plan for the next day and instead they planned minute by minute Mr Morris was a cryptographer on the USS Boston flagship of the Navys 6th Fleet during the missile crisis in 1963 At the time he was barely one year out of college however he was the individual responsible for decoding intelligence messages transmitted in code and then delivering them to the Admiral in command not only and important job but top secret also Though my Mr Morris memory gets shaky at times as is prone to happen to middle age Gelfmen he remembers very clearly the events of the weeks leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis When he wasnt on duty hed spend time on deck participating in typical naval life Since was Morriss ship was in the Dardanelles he happened to be in the vicinity of the Soviet ships loaded with missile parts en route to Cuba As is customary in the Navy Mr Morris claims it is a tradition with an origin unknown to him that when a ship of another nationality passes by one ship dips its flag to salute and then the saluted ship returns in kind However while all the naval protocol was being observed by the people in charge of protocol a whole other group of navy men was surreptitiously taking pictures of the passing ships trying to identify the weaponry on board Gordie chuckles in retrospect at the empty traditions like the flag-dip-salutes that were a part of Navy life I find the other anecdote that my father told me even more humorous or pathetic depending on your view of the military Like I said Mr Morris
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