French, Richard, Lt Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1321Z-Pilot Reconnaissance
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1949-1950, 1, Officer Candidate School (OCS)
Service Years
1946 - 1974
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Cuban Missile Crisis
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1929
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember French, Richard, Lt Col USAF(Ret).
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Chicago
Last Address
Loma Linda California

Date of Passing
Nov 17, 2014
 
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona - Phoenix, Arizona
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired Mishap-Free Flying Hour Award 5,000 Hrs


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Post 47The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorDistinguished Flying Cross Society(DFCS)F-4 Phantom II Society
Red River Valley Fighter Pilots AssociationDept of California
  2014, American Legion, Post 47 (Assistant Commandant) (Livermore, California) - Chap. Page
  2014, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2014, Distinguished Flying Cross Society(DFCS) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, F-4 Phantom II Society
  2014, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association
  2014, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of California (Deceased Member (Honor Roll)) (Sacramento, California) - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Other Comments:
Fighter Pilot F-4 Reconnaissance
Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cuban Missile Crisis
   


Cuban Missile Crisis
Start Year
1962
End Year
1962

Description
The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the Caribbean Crisis or the Missile Scare, was a 13-day (October 16–28, 1962) confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union concerning American ballistic missile deployment in Italy and Turkey with consequent Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba. The confrontation, elements of which were televised, was the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.

In response to the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961, and the presence of American Jupiter ballistic missiles in Italy and Turkey, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev decided to agree to Cuba's request to place nuclear missiles in Cuba to deter future harassment of Cuba. An agreement was reached during a secret meeting between Khrushchev and Fidel Castro in July 1962 and construction of a number of missile launch facilities started later that summer.

The 1962 midterm elections were under way in the United States and the White House had denied charges that it was ignoring dangerous Soviet missiles 90 miles from Florida. These missile preparations were confirmed when an Air Force U-2 spy plane produced clear photographic evidence of medium-range (SS-4) and intermediate-range (R-14) ballistic missile facilities. The United States established a military blockade to prevent further missiles from entering Cuba. It announced that they would not permit offensive weapons to be delivered to Cuba and demanded that the weapons already in Cuba be dismantled and returned to the USSR.

After a long period of tense negotiations, an agreement was reached between President John F. Kennedy and Khrushchev. Publicly, the Soviets would dismantle their offensive weapons in Cuba and return them to the Soviet Union, subject to United Nations verification, in exchange for a U.S. public declaration and agreement never to invade Cuba again without direct provocation. Secretly, the United States also agreed that it would dismantle all U.S.-built Jupiter MRBMs, which were deployed in Turkey and Italy against the Soviet Union but were not known to the public.

When all offensive missiles and Ilyushin Il-28 light bombers had been withdrawn from Cuba, the blockade was formally ended on November 20, 1962. The negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union pointed out the necessity of a quick, clear, and direct communication line between Washington and Moscow. As a result, the Moscow–Washington hotline was established. A series of agreements sharply reduced U.S.–Soviet tensions during the following years.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1962
To Year
1962
 
Last Updated:
Dec 1, 2014
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

USS Henrico (APA-45)

USS Bayfield (APA-33)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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