In Cuban missile showdown, 2 brothers’ own crisis

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Julio De-Castro Toirac, right, shows his photo album during his years in the U.S. Army as his brother Jose Ignacio Castro Toirac, left, looks on in Coral Gables, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. Unbeknownst to one another, Julio and Jose Castro had both enlisted in the military, the older brother with the United States, the younger with Cuba. As the U.S. and the Soviets inched closer to catastrophe 50 years ago this week, one brother stood in the trenches in Cuba while the other awaited orders in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)Julio Castro sat at his uncle's Miami home as President John F. Kennedy came on the television the night of Oct. 22, 1962, to tell the nation the Soviet Union was building launch sites for nuclear missiles in Cuba capable of reaching almost every city in the Western Hemisphere.

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