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Williams County Cold War Memorial

 
 
Williams County Cold War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 11, 2021
1. Williams County Cold War Memorial
Inscription.  
The Cold War was a period of heightened tension between the former Allies of World War II, primarily the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia, spanning from 1947 to 1991. With the liberation of former countries once occupied by Nazi Germany, by the United State, Great Britain and France in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in Western Europe a divided continent developed. The Soviet Union formed an alliance of nations called the Warsaw Pact and the United States formed an alliance of nations called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. An unsteady peace descended upon the European continent. During this period, the Korean War and the Vietnam War was fought to contain the expansion of the Soviet Union and communism. Both the Soviet Union and the United States possessed tens of thousands of Nuclear Weapons pointed at each other's nations and allies, which is credited with preventing war by holding each other's populations hostage through the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction or MAD. It ended with the financial collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolvement of the Warsaw Pact.

On 25 August 1982, United States Marines
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deployed to Lebanon as part of a multi-national peacekeeping force to oversee the evacuation of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) guerrillas, following a confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization. On October 23. 1983, The United States Marine barracks at Beirut International Airport was attacked by a Suicide truck bombing resulting in the deaths of 241 U.S. military personnel. A group called Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombings and said that the aim was to force the multi-national peacekeeping force out of Lebanon. The attack eventually led to the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force.

On 25 October 1983, the United States led a coalition of Caribbean nations in an invasion of the island nation of Grenada. Operation Urgent Fury The People's Revolutionary Government arrested and executed the previous leader and second Prime Minister of Grenada Maurice Bishop, and established the Revolutionary Military Council. Cuba, at the invitation of The Revolutionary Military Council, sent troops to Grenada to assist in the construction of a runway that was believed could be used by Cuba and the Soviet Union to transport weapons and equipment to communist insurgents int Central America. Following appeals by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States and Grenada's Governor-General and due to concerns over
Williams County Cold War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 11, 2021
2. Williams County Cold War Memorial
Front Top Left Side
600 U.S. medical students on the island, the invasion began. The invading force consisted of the Army's rapid deployment force, Marines and Special Forces totaling 7,600 troops. American forces sustained 19 killed and 116 wounded.

On Dec 20, 1989, the United States invaded Panama to Safeguard the lives of U.S. citizens in Panama, defend democracy and human rights, combat drug trafficking and protect the neutrality of the Panama Canal. Relations with Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega deteriorated after he began working with drug cartels to launder money through Panama. Noriega also began aligning Panama with the Soviet bloc, soliciting and receiving military aid from Cuba, Nicaragua, and Libya. He was captured and returned to the United States to face racketeering and drug trafficking charges. 23 U.S. service members were killed and 325 were wounded.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Cold. A significant historical date for this entry is August 25, 1982.
 
Location. 41° 35.25′ N, 84° 35.84′ W. Marker is in Montpelier, Ohio, in Williams County. Memorial is on East Main Street (Route 107) just east of Henry Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 875 E Main St, Montpelier OH 43543, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Williams County Persian Gulf War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Entry of The United States
Williams County Cold War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 11, 2021
3. Williams County Cold War Memorial
Front Top Right Side
(here, next to this marker); Williams County Vietnam War Memorial (here, next to this marker); The Great War (here, next to this marker); Williams County World War II Memorial (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Williams County Vietnam War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Williams County Afghanistan War and 2nd Iraq War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Agnew-Shinabarger American Legion Post 307 Pioneer, Ohio (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier.
 
Williams County Cold War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 11, 2021
4. Williams County Cold War Memorial
Left Side
Williams County Cold War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 11, 2021
5. Williams County Cold War Memorial
Right Side
Williams County Cold War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 11, 2021
6. Williams County Cold War Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 4, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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