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Bill Person | 553rd Reconnaissance Wing - Air Force

7:41   |   He was a new pilot but there were no pilot positions open so Bill Person became a weapons controller and intelligence officer. When he got to Vietnam, he noticed right away that "we gave them an opportunity to beat us every time we got a chance." For instance, he knew that the North was playing tapes with Russian voices to ward off attackers, who were not allowed to attack Russians.

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Cold War
  • Bill Person  |  Cold War  |  553rd Reconnaissance Wing  |  6:03

    According to Intelligence Officer Bill Person, we had World War III won before it started. That was because he had figured out every Russian target in the United States and the routes of the bombers which would hit them. Then, for good measure, he calculated when and where Russian spy satellites would be looking down.

  • Bill Person  |  Cold War  |  553rd Reconnaissance Wing  |  4:53

    According to Intelligence Officer Bill Person, the Cuban Missile Crisis was a ploy by Nikita Khrushchev to get the United States to remove it's missiles from Turkey, no more and no less. He succeeded but his country was still in the cross hairs of American military might.

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