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This wonderfully engaging story of Camp Cooke and Vandenberg AFB follows the odyssey of a military base originally built as an armored and infantry training installation during World War II. It takes us through its transformation into America's prominent
space and missile base and the site of the first ICBM missiles on alert with nuclear warheads.
During World War II and the Korean War, thousands of soldiers not only trained at Cooke, they were entertained by scores of
visiting USO troupes. The shows featured many of Hollywood's legendary entertainers as well as numerous other luminaries
from radio and stage, and the sports world. The soldiers who trained at Cooke were later engaged in some of the bloodiest
battles of both wars. As evidence of this carnage, six Congressional Medal of Honor recipients came from Camp Cooke and each man's heroic actions is discussed in this book. One of the most chilling stories in this book is about the 1,000 soldiers from Camp Cooke, who were exposed to nuclear test detonations in the Nevada desert in 1951.
The Air Force portion of the book examines early missile and space programs and reveals several significant accidents,
sometimes involving Thor, Atlas, Titan, and Minuteman vehicles. One of these accidents claimed the life of a young airman.
These stories are followed by a concise historical summary of Vandenberg's launch facilities and the missile and space boosters
flown from the base between 1958 and 2014. Included in the book are visits to the base by President Kennedy, the humorous
story of Russian Premier Khrushchev's train ride across America, and biographies of Generals Cooke and Vandenberg, the
respective namesakes of the base.
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Softcover 6 x 9
284 pages, 102 photos, 5 maps, 7 appendices, notes, bibliography, and index
ISBN: 978-0-7864-7855-2 (softcover)
Please also checkout my other book, "German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California." It is available directly from me and
from my other publisher, sunburypress.com