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Published August 07, 2011, 10:24 AM

Retired airmen return to ND missile site

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Eighty-five members of the old 321st Strategic Missile Wing reunited at a missile alert facility in eastern North Dakota on Saturday to reminisce.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Eighty-five members of the old 321st Strategic Missile Wing reunited at a missile alert facility in eastern North Dakota on Saturday to reminisce.

The reunion was organized by the North Dakota State Historical Society and Friends of Oscar Zero, a local group that has preserved the Griggs County site as a tourist attraction.

The end of the Cold War meant the deactivation of the missile wing and the removal of the 150 Minuteman III missiles in northeastern North Dakota. But former wing members say there were tense moments when it was still active.

Mike Jennings tells the Grand Forks Herald that in 1971, a radar software glitch erroneously showed that the Russians had launched missiles. Bill Burnet says Middle East unrest two years later also created some scary moments.

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