NEW - Camp Cooke and Vandenberg Air Force Base 1941-1966

More than 400 separate army units trained at Camp Cooke in California during World War II and several of these organizations participated in some of the war s bloodiest battles. At the start of the Korean War Camp Cooke was one of the Army s first training centers used to prepare troops for combat in Korea. The camp produced six Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from both wars. It also hosted numerous USO camp shows featuring many of Hollywood s leading entertainers as well as many other luminaries from radio and stage. In 1957 the Air Force acquired the installation and a year later renamed it Vandenberg Air Force Base. It has since become America s only space and missile base. America s first spy satellite program known as Corona (code-named Discoverer) was conducted from Vandenberg. The intelligence data collected from these missions exploded the myth of a missile gap with the Soviet Union. At the height of the Cold War America s first ICBM missile equipped with a nuclear warhead was based at Vandenberg. Topping the list of important visitors to the base was President John F. Kennedy who witnessed the launch of an Atlas missile. And as part of an unprecedented trip to the United States Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev passed through the base on a train in 1959. Read about his surprising reaction as his train passed within view of Atlas ICBMs standing on alert. The book is filled with many other fascinating accounts including the exposure of 1 000 Camp Cooke soldiers to above-ground atomic bomb detonations in the Nevada desert missile accidents at Vandenberg and the tragic death of a young airman in a missile training exercise. The appendices include biographies of Generals Cooke and Vandenberg a list of nearly every Army unit that trained at Cooke and a historical summary of every launch facility at Vandenberg and the missile types flown from these facilities up to the present. This book is the definitive history of Camp Cooke and Vandenberg AFB and its information is unavailable from any other source. Written by the former historian at Vandenberg the detailed narrative is enriched by many rare and previously unpublished images. 284pp. Softcover (6 x 9) 2014 102 photos 5 maps 7 appendices notes bibliography and index. Publisher McFarland & Company. Publisher s Price 39.95AUTHOR S PRICE 36.00 - Postage free and autographed by the author



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