In 1962 there were growing concerns that the Soviet Union was preparing to secretly supply missiles to Cuba, missiles that could deliver nuclear warheads. Although a surprise air attack against Cuba seemed like the only reasonable response, the Kennedy administration recommended a blockade as a possible prelude to negotiations. The Cold War began to thaw as super powers realized how close to the brink of nuclear war they had come.  Three years before U.S. spy planes flying over Cuba spotted the first ballistic missile, Bill Kolas, of Higginsville had joined the Navy.  Click to watch Kolas tell his story: