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JFK's Cold War island bunker lures tourists.
NBC News ^ | N/A | Zachary Fagenson, Reuters

Posted on 11/20/2013 5:22:17 AM PST by carriage_hill

PEANUT ISLAND, Fla. — The dingy, cavernous steel fallout shelter hastily built on a man-made island off Florida's east coast is a stark reminder of the harsh realities President John F. Kennedy faced from the first days of his presidency at the height of the Cold War.

As the Kennedy family vacationed minutes away at the Palm Beach compound known as the Winter White House, the shelter's main chamber sat ready at a moment's notice with 15 sets of bunk beds, a desk for the president and a conference table.

The heavily protected hideaway, fully stocked with military K rations, barrels of water and radiation detection kits, could serve as home for 30 of Kennedy's family and key staff for a month in the event of a nuclear attack.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: bunker; jfk; peanutisland; survival
President JFK's nuke bunker in Florida, just minutes away from their vacation home, on Peanut Island near Riviera Beach, Fla, built by Navy Seabees.

(Some pics at website article)

1 posted on 11/20/2013 5:22:17 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: Kartographer

It would sustain 30 family and staff for a month. Pretty crude by today’s standards, but nice looking.


2 posted on 11/20/2013 5:25:12 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

Did it have hot & cold running babes?


3 posted on 11/20/2013 5:29:27 AM PST by Oratam
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To: carriage_hill

The most interesting thing about the picture is where did Bill Murray get all that bleach blond hair?


4 posted on 11/20/2013 5:46:14 AM PST by DAC21
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To: carriage_hill
Unbelievable that there is still so much Kennedy stuff out there, 50 years later.

Whenever the democrat media falls on hard times they harken back to the good ol' days.

I noticed there are several Watergate specials running on the boob tube as well.

5 posted on 11/20/2013 5:48:20 AM PST by skeeter
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To: carriage_hill
fully stocked with military K rations, barrels of water and radiation detection kits,

They didn't mention the 384 cases of Canadian Club.

6 posted on 11/20/2013 5:52:42 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: carriage_hill

Florida does not seem the best location for a presidential bunker. Florida has a heavy military presence and would be a major target in a nuclear war. In the Kennedy-era book “Alas, Babylon,” about an imaginary nuclear war, Florida is hit hard by the Russians, even though the story involves a group of survivors in a small Florida town.


7 posted on 11/20/2013 5:54:46 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle
Florida does not seem the best location for a presidential bunker.

No point in building the bunker in Montana when the president vacations in Florida. They needed something close by.

8 posted on 11/20/2013 6:03:27 AM PST by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: Steve_Seattle
Two Words:

Palm Beach


9 posted on 11/20/2013 6:03:47 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: carriage_hill
It would sustain 30 family and staff for a month.

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At the end of the article it says that:

"It receives no financial contributions from the federal government or the Kennedy family, even though Ethel Kennedy, the widow of slain former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, visits the bunker almost every year with her grandchildren."

The facility would have sustained the Kennedy family yet the family does not want to sustain it. The Kennedy clan is still incredibly wealthy; an annual maintenance donation would be a nice gesture from them. But being Democrats, it appears they want someone else to pay for it.

10 posted on 11/20/2013 6:09:13 AM PST by Starboard
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To: carriage_hill

Jeepers. Think of it. 30 days trapped underground with the Kennedys and their “er, ah, staaahf” proceeding with “great vigah’ “ into the future. And, not a drop of whisky in the bunker. The living will envy the dead, indeed.


11 posted on 11/20/2013 6:14:54 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Oratam

JFK had them stashed in an adjoining bunker, with the swimming pool. LOL.


12 posted on 11/20/2013 6:17:45 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: DAC21
H202. At the drugstore or in one of the 50gal drums.
13 posted on 11/20/2013 6:20:24 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: skeeter

50 years and we still don’t really know what happened. Probably never will. I remember it as a 13yr old kid.


14 posted on 11/20/2013 6:21:25 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: PowderMonkey

Earplugs for everyone; that Kennedy vocabulary would drive me nutz.


15 posted on 11/20/2013 6:22:41 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Michael.SF.

I’m sure they were well-stocked with booze.


16 posted on 11/20/2013 6:23:26 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: skeeter

Lib-dems bringing out the “shiny things” to divert attention from 0traitor&Co.


17 posted on 11/20/2013 6:25:25 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

Road trip; BBL.


18 posted on 11/20/2013 6:25:54 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

What do you mean we don’t know? I think the most thorough summary is the work NOVA did on this that makes it clearly the result of one man, Oswald, as the assasin.

Democrats and liberals want you to believe that some right wing nut or CIA killed a democratic president. Not true. It was Oswald. CIA and FBI knew his whereabouts and were tracking him.

If you haven’t seen it, try to.


19 posted on 11/20/2013 6:39:12 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: carriage_hill
fully stocked with military K rations,

K's in 1961?

20 posted on 11/20/2013 6:40:21 AM PST by DUMBGRUNT
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To: DAC21

Exactly my first thought! Too funny!


21 posted on 11/20/2013 6:42:47 AM PST by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: Steve_Seattle
Florida does not seem the best location for a presidential bunker. Florida has a heavy military presence and would be a major target in a nuclear war.

I would think that at the outset of a nuclear war the enemy would target our command, control and intelligence (C3I) capabilities, so the bunker would be a prime target wherever it was located.

22 posted on 11/20/2013 6:52:48 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Steve_Seattle

Like Moltke said, this was intended to be a quick and dirty bolt-hole if the ballon went up and there wasn’t enough time to get the President somewhere better, but further away.

Raises the question of where the other Presidential (and even VP) bunkers are. Ike had Raven Rock/Site R near Camp David and his Gettysburg farm. But we can assume that LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush (if not Clinton and Bush) had ones near their Summer White Houses as well.


23 posted on 11/20/2013 6:54:19 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: carriage_hill
I had a chance to look through Oswald's book depository window before they cordoned it off.

I'm no student of the assassination but I have done some shooting and it looked like an easy shot to me.

24 posted on 11/20/2013 6:55:33 AM PST by skeeter
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To: carriage_hill

During the height of the Cold War, leading up to the Cuban missile crisis, I was in 4th-6th grade, and on the way to school I walked by a house that had a bomb shelter in the back yard. It was half-buried, black, round, and about 20-25 in diameter. It looked kind of like a giant hockey puck, with a vent or two sticking out the top, and a short, protruding entrance hatch. Seeing it there was kind of creepy, and made the threat of nuclear war seem very real.


25 posted on 11/20/2013 7:12:19 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: carriage_hill

During the same period, Democrats and media threw rocks at “paranoids” for building their own survival facilities.


26 posted on 11/20/2013 7:17:52 AM PST by Carry_Okie ("Single payer" is Medicaid for all; they'll pull the sheet over your head when you're done.)
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To: carriage_hill

The Cold War was wasted. We fought off the Communists, only to elect one. Half the people in this country are politically rotten to the core.


27 posted on 11/20/2013 7:27:34 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: carriage_hill

The “secret” Presidential bunker on Peanut Island wasn’t much of a secret in the mid to late 1960’s. I went there several times to snorkel the north shore collecting shells. You could do anything but land on the south side.

As for staying inside for 30 days - not hardly pilgrim. The shelter was designed to ride out the initial attack and shelter the Presidential party until they could be evacuated to a more secure location. Look at the interior dimensions of the shelter then figure how much food and water it would take to feed and water30 people for 30 days.


28 posted on 11/20/2013 7:34:23 AM PST by Nip (BOHEICA and TANSTAAFL - both seem very appropriate today.)
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To: PowderMonkey

“MR PRESIDENT! WE MUST NOT ALLOW A MINE SHAFT GAP!”

“MEIN FHURER LOOK! I CAN WALK!”


29 posted on 11/20/2013 7:36:43 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Nip

Peanut Island, any idea how the shelter would work in the face of a massive wall of water, caused by an offshore nuclear blast?


30 posted on 11/20/2013 7:44:07 AM PST by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: Paladin2

Pat, is that you?


31 posted on 11/20/2013 7:54:00 AM PST by goosie
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To: 2001convSVT

While the article says the island sits off the east coast of Florida it actually lies inside the Palm Beach Inlet.

Additionally, the bunker and its entrance don’t face the inlet.

The inlet is fairly narrow, about 600 feet, and the island is about 2,000 feet inside the inlet. Given these approximations any large wave resulting from an underwater explosion would have minimal affect on the “secret” Presidential bunker on the island’s south side.


32 posted on 11/20/2013 8:01:45 AM PST by Nip (BOHEICA and TANSTAAFL - both seem very appropriate today.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
 photo dr-strangelove12546873441_zps70aa2638.jpg
33 posted on 11/20/2013 8:12:04 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Steve_Seattle

I remember seeing a few, too, in our suburban neighborhood in NW Chicago, in the 60s.


34 posted on 11/20/2013 8:41:07 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: nikos1121

I’ll have to try to find that one; missed it.


35 posted on 11/20/2013 8:41:48 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Those ended in ‘58, replaced by these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meal,_Combat,_Individual_ration

and then MREs, according to Wiki. I don’t have any military backgrond, so I don’t know. We ate some military surplus “stuff” in the 50s in the Boy Scouts, on camping trips.


36 posted on 11/20/2013 8:45:46 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: TexasRepublic

Post of the day.


37 posted on 11/20/2013 8:51:37 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/14/books/14jfk.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Vincent Bugliosi, a trial lawyer, wrote a book also that goes into detail and leaves nothing uncertain.


38 posted on 11/20/2013 12:27:43 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: PowderMonkey

Great movie LOL!


39 posted on 11/20/2013 4:52:51 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Nip

That place has got to be HUGE inside, and probably had redundant life support systems. I can’t imagine the stockpile of food/water/etc for 30+ people for 30+ days. Just amazing.


40 posted on 11/20/2013 4:58:11 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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