Texas in the Cold War arrives in Mineral Wells
On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the THC’s Military and Oral Historian, William McWhorter conducted the THC’s fourth Cold War oral history training workshop. The workshop was held at Fort Wolters Training Center near Mineral Wells. During the Cold War Fort Wolters was a permanent military installation that specialized in training helicopter pilots, many of whom went on to serve in the Vietnam War, before the post closed in the mid-1970s. In addition, to training helicopter pilots, Fort Wolters also hosted one of the four NIKE missile batteries (surface to air defense) that protected the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area in the 1960s.
This historic site, Fort Wolters, served as the perfect setting for the THC to conduct one of its statewide training workshops. The next THC workshop will be held in Corpus Christi at Del Mar College on October 4. At this upcoming workshop the THC will lead attendees in a discussion of the U.S. Navy’s mission in Texas during the decades long conflict and instruction in oral history interviewing technique. For more information on upcoming workshops visit the THC's Texas in the Cold War webpage.
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