Wernher von Braun and Griffiss Air Force Base

DATE SUBMITTED: 01/12/14

NAME: Michael Smith

WHAT TOWN IN THE MOHAWK VALLEY ARE YOU FROM:  Utica, NY

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In 1970, I just graduated from High School and I went to Griffiss Air Force base with my father for a visit. My Dad was a highly decorated member of the military. I was considering joining the Air Force before eventually enrolling at LeMoyne.  My Dad had a bunch of connections there and we got a nice tour. As we walked around, we met a group of folks who looked very prestigious. In the middle of the group I was introduced to a very tall man, who my father said invented rockets.  It was none other than Wernher von Braun, the former Nazi scientists, now working for the US.

I never found out why he was there but it truly disheartens me that we would bring the Nazis here to work for us. This was called Operation Paperclip. The fact that he was in Rome is still puzzling 40 plus years later. What part did Griffiss play in the space race or arms race?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernher_von_Braun

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip

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5 responses to “Wernher von Braun and Griffiss Air Force Base”

  1. Robert Smith says:

    It’s So gross that we purchased the Nazis and they built NASA.

  2. MarkJohnson says:

    There still are Nazi’s in the US.

  3. MarkJohnson says:

    Griffiss is an evil, evil place.

  4. MarkJohnson says:

    EEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVIIIIIILLLLLL

  5. David Brown says:

    I wonder WHY he was in Rome?

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