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Cold War Pinball

October 3, 2013

B battery was one of three Nike-Hercules missile firing batteries that were the last to provide a defensive ring of fire around a North American area defense during the Cold War. While operating from 1959 until 1979, it was the home and place of business for hundreds of US servicemen and civilian engineers that, together with Alpha, Charlie, and Headquarters batterys, provided an alert eye and a protective shield over the airspace of the Anchorage area. In the event of Soviet aggression in the form of massive airborne attack, or even ground assault, the men and missiles of the 43rd Air Defense Artillery stood ready to neutralize the threat.

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