Fenton To Host Military Talk Today

In honor of Veterans Day, the Fenton History Center’s Vets Finding Vets Program will host a second Military talk today, from noon-1 p.m., at the Fenton Mansion at 67 Washington St. in Jamestown.

Jack Anderson, a Jamestown native and Navy Veteran, will be speaking about his experiences immediately before, during and after the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Given the recent release of the Kennedy Papers, and current political climates, this talk has great modern relevance. With the aid of an in-depth PowerPoint presentation, Anderson will discuss his memories of what they did or did not know at the time, what everyone else knew about what was going on at the time, and what is known now.

“I was 17 when I left Jamestown for the Great Lakes US Naval Training Center in Illinois. I then trained at the US Naval Training Center in Bainbridge, Md., where I became a Boatswain’s Mate,” Anderson said, previewing his presentation. “In October of 1962, we were told we had half an hour to get all of our stuff and get on board. We were headed to an ‘Undisclosed Destination.’ At one point, we were issued ammunition and told to be armed at all times. For 11 days, we were part of a blockade that surrounded Cuba, and our job was to keep offensive weaponry from entering Cuba, but that’s all we knew. We boarded Russian ships to search them, and we were scared to death.”