President Kennedy says Berlin will be defended by ‘whatever means’ 50 years ago this hour

(Monday, September 25, 1961, 11:30 a.m. EDT) — Six weeks after construction of the Berlin Wall began, U.S. President John F. Kennedy told the United Nations today that’ the United States and its allies have decided to defend West Berlin by “whatever means are forced upon them.”

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