The Brink

On August 23, 1958 the communist-led Chinese forces launched a massive artillery barrage of two small islands off the coast of Taiwan, where thousands of Chinese Nationalist troops were stationed. This act of aggression would set in motion a series of events that would bring the world to the brink of nuclear war. The USS Midway, fresh off of receiving three years’ worth of major upgrades making it a nuclear force sailed to the Taiwan Strait to deter further aggression by the Chinese Communists. On board the USS Midway was Richard Setlowe, a junior officer responsible for giving the nuclear bombers their targets should it be necessary. A reality that still haunts him today. The Taiwan Strait Crisis of 1958 brought the USS Midway and her crew to the brink of nuclear war.

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