Norm Meissner graduated in 1961 from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.
The Cuban Missile Crisis was erupting at that moment. The U.S. was on the verge of going to war with Russia over missiles the Soviets snuck into the island nation and aimed our way. President John F. Kennedy threw a naval blockade around Cuba that defused the confrontation. The Russians withdrew their offensive missiles and World War III was averted.
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