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Former US soldier details account of 1959 Naha accidental nuke firing fatal to fellow soldiers

Former US soldier details account of 1959 Naha accidental nuke firing fatal to fellow soldiers

 

October 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Washington Special Correspondent Yukio Zaha reporting

 

Fifty-eight years ago on June 19, a sunny Friday morning, a Nike Hercules surface-to-air missile equipped with a nuclear warhead was fired accidentially from U.S.-controlled Naha Air Base.

While under a blue-alert, meaning missiles were being prepared in response to a perceived threat, the booster of the missile in question was ignited by mistake due...

 
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