Port Charlotte’s Dennis Poulakis was one of the triggermen, ready to blow up any plane threatening to drop a bomb on U.S. soil.
Poulakis served in the U.S. Army’s North American Air Defense Command in the 1960s as a computer programmer for a Nike-Hercules ground-to-air, guided missile battery. They were constantly watching for Soviet strategic bombers that could carry hydrogen bombs to U.S. targets during the Cold War. Fortunately, he was never called into action.
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