Thursday, January 20, 2022

Salute: Cold War veteran part of Strategic Air Command - Daily Commercial

For the Daily Commercial

“People don’t really know how close we were nuclear war,” Leesburg resident David Grant Williams said as he recalled his time spent in the United States Air Force from 1979 to 1983. “We were in the middle of the Cold War and I was on a nuclear weapon base that at any moment could be hit.”

Rewind a few years.

Williams grew up in Minnesota where surviving the cold was just another day, as sometimes the windchill cold drop in the negative thirties. His father, Gerald Grant Williams, owned a big law firm and was a city councilman, so there was hardly a place that David went where people didn’t know he and his family.

“I was his constant shadow,” David said. “I was going to grow up, become a lawyer like him and follow in his footsteps. But one day, my mom asked me if I really wanted to be a lawyer or be a good businessman with 10 lawyers.”

David’s grandfather fought in the trenches during World War I and his father fought against the Germans in World War II so David grew up hearing the stories of war. As he looked as his options in life, David chose to enlist in the Air Force.

“I scored high on my entry test and they asked me where I wanted to be,” David said. “I was a professional skier at the time so of course, I said somewhere out west where I could ski.”

Being from Minnesota, he was used to it.

David took part in the strategic air command, with most of his duty requiring high level clearance and top secret security as he was at a base that housed...

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