COLD WAR MEDAL
Forum thread for campaign COLD WAR MEDAL
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In the early 60's did many patrols during the Cod War around Iceland stopping the Icelandic gun boats - Thor and Odin from damaging out trawlers. Got quite nasty and dangerous at times - was serving on HMS Palisser. We were never recognised apart from the crews of the trawlers.
The first posting i had after training was an ICM Base and I knew that we would have been a prime target had it kicked off. I fully support this.
I was released after four hours by an understanding Russian officer. Not nice and I can still remember the trauma I went through at the time. A long time ago now!
Also the veterans badge is a nice token to wear with pride, but it is not very well made and they keep breaking.
i also would like all us Veterans of cold war era have some reconingtion
So I say, GO FOR IT!!!
Bless us all and secure the boat for diving stations..... dive,dive,dive.
I think that those dark and uncertain times need to be recognised, otherwise it is just another forgotten part of history.
There's no chance of an official medal mate. As I said in my mail above yours, the cost, searching of the records of hundreds of thousands of British servicemen and women that served in BAOR/RAFG during the Cold War would be an astronomical undertaking. I was there the same time as you and served eight years (two tours) at RAF Guetersloh during that time and later, in the RAFVR on the East/West border. I've got my many photographs and memories of that part of my 31 year career and am happy with that. Attached - Russian control tower on the East side and the Helmstedt/Marienborn crossing, Checkpoint Alpha. Picture taken from the NAAFI car park on the West side.