The Front Lines of the Cold War - Wall, SD
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member gparkes
N 43° 50.004 W 101° 54.032
14T E 266798 N 4857459
Quick Description: This is one of three discriptive markers outside of the Headquarters for the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 6/28/2009 8:17:24 PM
Waymark Code: WM6NY2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
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Long Description:

Below is the text from the marker:


The Front Lines of the Cold War

…with the Russians maybe breathing down our neck, it was probably pretty clear to everybody that we had to do something.

Tim Pavek, Ellsworth Air Force Base, Minuteman Program Deactivation Manager & Missile Engineer

But do what? Planting 150 Minuteman II missile sites across South Dakota was part of the answer. Within two years these Cold War weapons stood ready to stop the Soviet Union from launching its nuclear weapons to strike American cities and military targets. Each Minuteman II missile could deliver a payload equal to 60 percent of all the bombs used during World War II. And the Soviets knew it.

The sparsely populated Great Plains provided an ideal place. The missile fired from a Soviet sub could not take out a Minuteman missile before it was launched at the Soviet Union – just 30 minutes flight time over the horizon.

Marker Name: The Front Lines of the Cold War

Marker Type: Other

Marker Text:
The Front Lines of the Cold War …with the Russians maybe breathing down our neck, it was probably pretty clear to everybody that we had to do something. Tim Pavek, Ellsworth Air Force Base, Minuteman Program Deactivation Manager & Missile Engineer But do what? Planting 150 Minuteman II missile sites across South Dakota was part of the answer. Within two years these Cold War weapons stood ready to stop the Soviet Union from launching its nuclear weapons to strike American cities and military targets. Each Minuteman II missile could deliver a payload equal to 60 percent of all the bombs used during World War II. And the Soviets knew it. The sparsely populated Great Plains provided an ideal place. The missile fired from a Soviet sub could not take out a Minuteman missile before it was launched at the Soviet Union – just 30 minutes flight time over the horizon.


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