Vasily Arkhipov — Hero

Vasily Aleksandrovich Arkhipov (30 January 1926 – 19 August 1998) was a Soviet naval officer credited with preventing a Soviet nuclear torpedo launch during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Such an attack likely would have caused a major global thermonuclear response.


Misperceptions lead to miscalculation.


October 27, 1962


When discussing the Cuban Missile Crisis, Arthur Schlesinger, an American historian and former advisor John F. Kennedy, stated that “This was not only the most dangerous moment of the Cold War. It was the most dangerous moment in human history.”

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