LINCOLN, Ala. (WBRC) - Was there a chance that the eastern seaboard of the United States could have been wiped out in 1961? According to Earl Smith of Alabama, yes.
Smith was a Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina in 1961.
“A B-52 crashed with two hydrogen bombs on board,” said Smith. “One broke up on impact, the other needed to be disarmed and I helped do that. I was 24-years-old and I was scared to death, but I did my job.”
Smith shared his story with WBRC recently and this is how he remembers the events of January 24, 1961. He has been honored by Alabama Senator Richard Shelby who has also petitioned the President for Smith to receive the Medal of Honor.