Local Soldier Reflects on Nuclear Scare in Our Backyard

New details revealed about 1964 B-52 crash in Maryland

Thursday, Nov 11, 2010  |  Updated 3:46 PM EDT
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Local Soldier Reflects on Nuclear Scare in Our Backyard

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This may be one of the most interesting local stories you've never heard.

Did you know that a B-52 bomber with nuclear weapons aboard crashed in the mountains of Maryland in 1964?

Leading up to this Veterans Day, Army Sgt. 1st Class William D. Ramsey talked to The Herald-Mail about his part in securing those weapons.

He said he was working out of Fort Meade, Md., at the time, and was called out of his bed in the early morning hours of January 13, in the middle of a blizzard.

A B-52 flying from Massachusetts to Georgia ran into turbulence and went down in an isolated area about 17 miles southwest of Cumberland, he said. Only two of the five people on the plane survived the crash. 

Ramsey made it to the scene and helped secure the weapons, which he said were unarmed but still were a radiation threat.

Ramsey now lives in Hagerstown, and his story of how he helped save the day can be found in The Herald-Mail.

It's a fascinating Veterans Day read.

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