Cuban Missile Crisis By: Frances M. McCrory-Meservy October 22, 1962

Cuban missile crisis (1962).  Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev gave Castro nuclear-armed medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles that could reach the US.

President John F. Kennedy announced a blockade to prevent more shipments of missiles and demanded that Khrushchev dismantle and remove all missiles from Cuba.

We were on the brink of war for 6 days as the USA and USSR talked back and forth until Khrushchev agreed to Kennedy’s demands. 

The above sounds like everything happened in an ocean and nothing happened on land.  I do not know exactly what happened in the rest of the country but I know what happened in Port Arthur Texas.

On October 22, 1962 the military declared a state of emergency in Port Arthur and evacuated the city.  Seems Port Arthur was a primary target because of the oil refineries.  The largest was Texaco. 

The College closed and we were told to have someone come and pick us up from the Dorm because it would be closed also.  My Mom was the last person to arrive to pick me up. 

Everything in Port Arthur was closed and there were just streetlights.  There were no lights on in any of the buildings. I recall an almost full moon shinning down on the shade trees that cast long shadows.

          I sat on the steps of the dorm watching military trucks going up and down the Street.  It seemed so surreal. 

I did not feel frightened – it was just weird.  I wondered if this was what it was like in foreign countries that did not have freedoms like we have here in the USA.  Was this a small taste of military rule?  I felt sad for their citizens.

I felt isolated but not alone.  There was a tension in the air brought on by danger yet I felt at peace.  I felt removed from the whole thing as if I were observing what was happening. 

My Mom finally showed up and we went home.  In Buna we watched the drama unfold on TV.  We were removed from the action and all seemed to be happening far away. 

But I knew better because I had been in Port Arthur where things were happening.  There are no words to completely express the feelings that I had sitting on that porch all alone.

          We were on the brink of war – a war at home.  One that could annihilate millions of people.  Yet I felt a great peace!  That still amazes me.

John 14:27  "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 16:33  "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

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