Nearly Nuked 2 - Russian Sub Stopped Just Short of Nuking Miami
Political Officer Vasili Arkhipov
Subs don't always have a Political Officer on board, but when they do that officer outranks them. The wisdom of this showed full effect when, by luck, the political officer aboard this sub had information nobody else on the vessel had. The special weapons were armed with at least one nuclear warhead tipped torpedo - something thought to be impossible at the time.
According to his wife, the officer almost didn't make it on the sub before departure, he got the call almost too late ordering him to board.
Former Director of the National Security Archive Thomas Blanton said in 2002 "a guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world".
In the critical moment only two men aboard ship needed to turn two keys, and they both put them in the keyholes. The Captain physically turned his, but his subordinate was hesitating. The political officer was shouting his order not to do it, and the Captain finally relented. The pressure it took to turn the second key was all that remained for WW3 to commence.
Mushroom Clouds over the Sunshine State?
The warheads would have struck Florida, and caused a large wave and radioactive fallout. The landscape of the Everglades and the City of Miami would have been permanently altered. Homestead Florida would have been wiped off the map long before Hurricane Andrew would have the chance.
The same sub had already experienced an nuclear meltdown just before this close call happened, on July 4, 1962, 52 years ago to the day I write this, the sub experienced a partial meltdown. The men aboard during this crisis were all exposed to radiation to the point it would kill them all within several decades.
It's not clear which type of weapon had the nuclear warhead tip, whether torpedo or underwater ballistic missile, in which case the attack could have reached farther inland. 
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