Near Blythe in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Desert Strike also led to new tactics for military river crossings on the nuclear battlefield. When Nezona invaded Calonia, instead of using a single concentrated troop crossing across the Colorado River, new tactics required numerous crossings along a broad front to diminish the effects of a theater-wide nuclear detonation. This training maneuver took place on more than 13 million acres of public and private lands in the California, Nevada and Arizona deserts at a cost of 54 million dollars, or 540 dollars per man.
This monument is dedicated to the Cold War Veterans who served here and especially for the thirty-two warriors who gave their lives during this exercise which in itself, contributed to the end of the Cold War.
Erected 2006 by E Clampus Vitus, Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 and the 101st Airborne Division Association, in cooperation with the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management Palm Springs Field Office. (Marker Number 127.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Cold. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1964.
Location. 33° 43.823′ N, 114° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Midland Road, Blythe CA 92225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blythe Intake (approx. 8.4 miles away); Palo Verde Irrigation District Diversion Dam (approx. 8½ miles away); 390th Bomb Group (H) (approx. 8.6 miles away); Giant Desert Figures (approx. 9.1 miles away); In Memory of Hualapai Ancestors (approx. 11.1 miles away in Arizona); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 11.7 miles away in Arizona); Ehrenberg Cemetery (approx. 11.7 miles away in Arizona).
Also see . . . Armed Forces: Non-War Is Hell. Time magazine, June 5, 1964 article on the Desert Strike war games. NOTE - requires a subscription to read the entire article. (Submitted on January 4, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 4,535 times since then and 449 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 3, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.