I was a little kid (Fairfield, CT) in 1956. I remember being taken on a guided tour of the "Nike Site" - which included a a walk around the interior of a "Globemaster" military transport aircraft. How many of us were actually Russian spies - I don't know ;o)
Rob Brauer said:May 8, 2013 8:48 pm PST
My father worked at Canel in 1960 after he got out of the Air Force. He said he was a rig operator of some sorts? I was born in 1962 in Middletown and18 months after I was born he moved us back Sandy Oregon where he was raised as a child on the flanks of Mt. Hood. I just recently found out he had worked there. It sounds like the kind of secret covert place that a Cold War era movie could be made. I had to find out more info. So I found this site on the web. I would love to learn more of the history of Canel but my dads memory is starting to fade.
Doyle Stearman said:May 2, 2013 2:55 pm PST
I was stationed at HA 85 Avon/Simsbury from late 1959 until the spring of 1961. My memories include plowing snow and plowing more snow. We kept the road open to the radar on top of Talcott Mountain. I also remember ice skating on a pond in Avon. Most of the men I was stationed with were local. but a few were from out of state.
tom stylski said:May 1, 2013 2:15 pm PST
i was first stationed at Orchard Park NY 1958,.a ajax site in the launcher area as a LCT operator.in 1959 we turned our site over to the NG. i then went to Bristol RI to a Herc site as a LCT operator. i got out in 1961.
Michael Tiberii said:April 7, 2013 11:59 am PST
Great Web Site! I was born in 1967, grew up in South Central MA near the CT boarder. Cold war stuff was a real "reality" for me growing up as a kid in grade school and JR High. My Dad was in National Guard through the late 50's early 60's. I rememeber getting the talk around 9/10 years old: "in a matter of minutes, all things can get blown to bits" Later in my career, I personally worked at the AT&T UG bunker switch facilitiy in Littleton, MA. Reminds me of the movie "Blast from the Past". I also have seen the the old Nike site in North Haven, CT. Pretty Wild stuff! I was told when working AT&T facilitiy, that over a 100 facilities of this type where built around the nation and were wired UG in event of of a large scale nuclear war, just to keep communications lines open. To this day, I am truely amazed at how much money and resourses were put into dangerous matter. And how CT and MA were a key part to the technological war effort.
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