• Video: Watch overage of today's noon ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, commemorating the Vietnam War's 50th anniversary
• More military: The World-Herald's At War, At Home page is home to our extensive coverage of local military.
• New book: The World-Herald is planning a book focusing on the Cold War years. Like "At War, At Home: World War II," published last year, the book will focus on Nebraskans and western Iowans who served and sacrificed. Included is the history of the Strategic Air Command headquarters and coverage of the battlefields in Korea and Vietnam. The book will be available this fall.
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The Cold War is defined foremost by what it was not: World War III.
Nuclear devices were tested, creating ominous backdrops for troops in training. But the weapons were never used in the conflict.
Instead, the Cold War unfurled over the frigid mountains of Korea and the steaming jungles of Vietnam. It stretched along European borders where NATO and Warsaw Pact tanks squared off. It flew a constant vigil in SAC airborne command posts.
For 46 years, U.S. soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen devoted their lives to preventing nuclear war and lifting the Iron Curtain.
Here is their story.