In this file photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, former Soviet missile defense forces officer Stanislav Petrov poses for a photo at his home in Fryazino, Moscow region, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Stanislav Petrov, a Soviet military officer who is widely credited with helping prevent a nuclear war with the United States, has died aged 77, his son told AFP Tuesday.On Sept. 26, 1983, Petrov was an officer on duty at a secret command center south of Moscow when an alarm went off signaling that the United States had launched intercontinental ballistic missiles.Petrov came home only several days later but did not tell his family about what had happened.Several months later Petrov received an award "for services to the Fatherland" but the incident at the control center was kept secret for many years.A modest, self-effacing man, Petrov never thought of himself as a hero, his son said.
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