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Checkpoint to history: Pa. vet recalls Berlin Wall falling, Cold War ending on his watch

On Nov. 9, 1989, Sgt. Michael Rafferty heard on Armed Forces Network that East Germans would soon be allowed to travel unimpeded to the West. He called a guard on duty at Checkpoint Charlie to see if anything had changed. “No,” was the reply. He went to bed. The next morning, though, there was pandemonium, Rafferty recalled. …read more

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