Okinawa and the Ryukyu Archipelago
"Typhoon Alley" "The Rock"
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This website is respectfully dedicated to the men and women who staffed and continue to staff the many military units associated with the air defense of Okinawa and the USA.
JD Lydick passed away last week. Memories and photos were forwarded to me by John London. Link to photos
"Thought you ought to know that JD Lydick left us last week His sister, Carolyn called and informed me. He had just had a Pacemaker installed and was home when he had a stroke which paralyzed his left side. Later the doctors discovered an aneurysm in his brain and it was too late for an operation.
JD was the Bendix Tech rep for the FPS-3 at Kume in 1955 and 56. He inherited an A/1c and four A/2c to maintain the FPS-3 radar built by Bendix. None of us had worked on the 3 and the 2nds had never been to ground radar school. He handled the challenge gallantly and worked beside us most of the 24 hours a day when needed. Through his efforts we received many commendations for the up time of the system. When our time in grade met the requirements three of the four and myself were promoted.
Prior to joining Bendix, JD had completed the ROTC program in Oklahoma and served his time as a Lt. in the Air Force scientific arena. Many years later he was part of a TRW Aerospace Team visiting Sperry Univac in the mid 60s.That's when I saw him again. He later advanced to Director of Advanced Development at TRW prior to retiring and relocating to Mexico. We rediscovered each other through articles we published on John London's Kume site. Thanks to the General as JD would say. We became e-mail buddies and have corresponded almost daily. I'm attaching an edited e-mail I received from him concerning his memories of Kume as well as the pictures he resurected from his Kume files. While on Kume he imported a WWII jeep from Okinawa. I'm certain some pictures of it are in the files.
He will be missed."
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