“The Cold War was the longest war in United States history. Because of the nuclear capabilities of our enemy, it was the most dangerous conflict our country ever faced. Those that won this war did so in obscurity. Those that gave their lives in the Cold War have never been properly honored.”
– Senator Harry Reid
Government secrecy. Those two words often seem to be synonymous and never more so than during the Cold War. Fifty years later the veil of secrecy is lifted. The secret operations covered up not only failed policies and bad decisions, but also robbed men and women who served from being recognized and honored for their achievements.
Those who made the ultimate sacrifice doing what many believe kept our nation from harm were not acknowledged during their lives, and their families suffered years of not knowing of the heroism of their loved ones. Finally, the details of the flight that took the lives of these silent heroes can be told.
In Silent Heroes of the Cold War: Declassified, Kyril Plaskon tells what happened on a stormy day above Mount Charleston. With interviews from recovery crew, family members, and from declassified materials, the truth and the heroism of these men are celebrated.