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Obama, Kerry, Honor Texas Tower No. 404:02

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During the Cold War, authorities staffed large oil rigs, called Texas Towers, off the Massachusetts coast as part of an early warning system designed to alert the U.S. to incoming Russian missiles.

Fifty years ago, Texas Tower number four came down in a Nor'easter, killing all 28 crew aboard.

Monday — after all that time — the 28 men who lost their lives were officially recognized by President Obama for their sacrifice. Sen. John Kerry presented a letter from the president to the son of one of those men in Malden and WBUR's Steve Brown was on-hand for the presentation.

This segment aired on February 14, 2011.

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