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Stanislav Petrov
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Military Personnel
    (September 9, 1939-May 19, 2017)
    Supervisor of the Soviet Ballistic Missile Early Warning System
    Averted World War III with the United States (September 26, 1983)
    Documents released that revealed his role in averting nuclear war (1998)
    Subject of the documentary 'The Man Who Saved the World (2006)'
    He is way too modest.
    He ignored specific instructions and was reprimanded for his actions.
    Had the United States really attacked, the Soviet Union would have been obliterated without any American losses.
    His story has been forgotten by history.
    Under his watch, Soviet computers detected an American missile entering radar.
    He reasoned that it must have been a computer error, but then five other missiles appeared on the radar.
    Under intense pressure and specific instructions to inform his superiors, he decided to ignore the missiles and account it to several false alarms.
    Had he passed the information to his superiors, they would have counter-attacked and the world would have been severely damaged.
    This happened three and a half weeks after the Soviet Union shot down Korean Air Flight 007 during a hot period in American-Sovet relations.
    Nevertheless, his judgement proved to be correct; there was no American attack, and as a result he saved the world from nuclear holocaust.
    His decision ruined his promising military career.
    He was honored by the United Nations.
    He is considered by many to be one of history's greatest heroes.

Credit: Captain Howdy

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