The city will mark the 50th anniversary of the 50th Anniversary of the decommissioning of Milford’s Nike Ajax Missile next week.
Mayor Ben Blake will unveil two plaques and rededicate the sites in honor of those who served our country in defense of freedom. The dedication will take place on Tuesday, October 15 at 11 a.m. near the top of Eells Hill.
While an original bronze plaque was installed upon the opening of the Milford Nike Base in 1957, that plaque disappeared soon after the site was decommissioned in 1963, and remained missing for almost half a century.
Earlier this year – after much research and investigation – Milford resident and decorated Army and Army National Guard veteran, Eric Muth, recovered the lost 1957 marker.
A second plaque commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the site’s closing will pay tribute to the important contributions of Nike Ajax Missilemen. These soldiers, many of whom were Milford residents, were responsible for the defense of our nation during the height of the Cold War – manning the strategically-located Sites of the Nike Ajax, the world’s first operational-guided, surface-to-air missile system.
Several veterans who operated and maintained the missile system will be in attendance, including Muth, who served during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. “I’m very pleased to know we have not been forgotten,” said Muth.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend the dedication.