Oct 24th, 2017
It was the spring of 1965: the height of the Cold War. In a post-World War II economy, the United States was soaring, the clearly-identified head of the free world. With the Soviet Union its greatest adversary, the spread of communism was considered the biggest threat to national security. When communist-inspired groups initiated a civil war in the Dominican Republic, President Lyndon Johnson was concerned about communism spreading from the Caribean nation throughout the Western Hemisphere.
The United States launched Operation Power Pack, an invasion of the Dominican Republic, spearheaded by the 82nd Airborne Division, to restore order in the Dominican Republic. This is the story of the men on that deployment, in their own words.
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