Rockets and Riots – Army Days (1968-1971)

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A Half Century of Ballistic Missile & Satellite Defense

Bill Bowe, a former President of The Cliff Dwellers and Executive Vice President of Encyclopaedia Britannica, begins with a lighthearted look at a subject he’s been following since the 1950’s. Though hard to believe today, Nike missiles with nuclear warheads were once ready to be launched from 22 sites around Chicago, including Belmont Harbor and Jackson Park on the lakefront.

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Bill Bowe in 1968 at Fort Henry


  • 4/79/1974 Congressional Record Book Cover, 2422 Colony Court, Northbrook, IL Print copy of Hearings of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Military Surveillance, Northbrook, IL 2023

    Testimony of William J. Bowe before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee TESTIMONY OF WILLIAM J. BOWE U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY   SUBCOMMITTEE  ON CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS   April 9-10, 1973 Senator Ervin. Counsel, any further questions? Mr. Baskir. Mr. Bowe, do you have a statement, also? Mr. Bowe. Yes. I have a statement which I have submitted [...]

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  • After Army Intelligence School training at Fort Holabird in Baltimore, I was assigned to the 902nd Military Intelligence Group. Its headquarters occupied office space above stores in a Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia strip mall.

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  • Both sides of my family had members in the military. My mother’s grandfather, Richard Lawrence Gwinn, Sr. lived in Covington, Georgia and served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

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  • In the Ross, Hardies law office

    I just wasn’t prescient enough. While the Vietnam War ended with a bang with the fall of Saigon in April 1975, it had started with a whimper in spring of 1961, just as I was finishing my freshman year at Yale.