United States Army

OKINAWA



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Most of these are my photo's from the Hawk Missile Sites I was at, but a lot have been sent in by others. If you have any Hawk pictures, either in a computer file or just a good old paper print, let me know and we'll figure out how to get them displayed here on the Hawk Okinawa Page.

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Map of Okinawa Hawk & Nike Missile Sites


 from NOLAN GORHAM




Here's some of my Okinawa picture collection:


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Picnic in the park

I've decided this is my favorite picture.  The picture captured exactly how we were, enjoying a picnic.  This could have been at any company picnic, anywhere is the US.  I think non-military people loose sight of the fact that soldiers are just a bunch of regular guys, doing their job.  Greg Ball is standing on the left side of the picture, wearing a black T-shirt and is directly behind me.  George Watts is sitting to my right wearing a plaid shirt.  Greg, George and myself, pretty much hung out together when we were off duty.

Hard to imagine now, but everyone in this picture, like everyone else who ever served in the military, were in fact, paid killers!  Sound a little harsh?  Think about it... everyone in this picture was trained to kill people.  We learned how to shoot, stab, club, gas, blow up or kill them with our bare hands.  We all were paid cash every month for doing our job.  In fact, the more in harm's way you were, the more money they paid you.  That being said, if I was hiring employees for any position,  I would only hire a veterian.  Not because of his military skills, but because he made it through the military and was able to live and work as a team player in the structured world of the military.   Tom Madracki




Bob Hope's Christmas visit

Bob Hope brought Ann Margaret














Hedo Misaki Shrine on the northern tip of Okinawa

Shuri Castle near Naha, Okinawa











Sp5 Naylor, Hawk guidance and warhead specialist.

Sgt Branson at the mail room with Sp5 Leeland Lee behind him and Sp4 Andy Lamanche in the background.














Looking from Site 10 looking toward Kadena AFB and the East China Sea, Oct.1967

Glenn Gleason A-8-1, Oct 1968

















Gene Gonzales doing Hawk Check

View from Site 12 Tactial Area looking out toward the East China Sea, with the Admin. Building, Motor Pool and Front Gate below.

















Hawk Missile that's fallen off it's launcher because it wasn't latched down properly.  Sent in by Sp5 Al Morales, 3/59th Battery ADA, Babenhausen, Germany


1969 Launcher Crewman from my old Battery, C-8-1. Picture was at Site 9, sent in by Dave Barber. Pictured as best as he can remember are: Lt. Walden front and center, left to right, Sgt. Thorton, PFC Gelb, ??? , SP4 Jenkerson, John P. Jolly, ???, Sp4 Lewis, Sp4 Shipley, Pfc Comer, ???


Lt. Tom Chase on Radar Hill, Site 12

View from Site 12 Tactial Area looking out toward the East China Sea, with the Admin. Building, Motor Pool and Front Gate below.

















View from Site 12 Tactical Area looking out to the Pacific Ocean with the barracks below.

Lt. Charlie Walden (left) and Lt. Tom Chase at Bolo Point

















E4 and below Squad Bay

Hawk Missiles at Blazing Skies - note the 50 cal. machine gun bunker in the background.












Hawk Missiles at Battle Stations

Dave Barber at HIPWR Radar












Site 9 Tac Building with Generator Building in the distance

Site 9 Radar Hill












Site 9 Barracks and Admin Buildings at Site 9

Radar Techs in their Cage












Thanksgiving Dinner 1968

Tom Madracki, George Watts, Paul Ebert and Jerry Miller ready for Inspection












Battery Clerk Greg ball

Ping Pong in the Rec Room












Pool in the Rec Room

Pll Clerk Tom Madracki












Battery Store

Ready Room












Jim Nix Launcher Crewman RIP

George Watts PLL Clerk












Tom Madracki C-8-1 Parts Run

Site 10 and Kadena Air Base












Three Nike Missiles coming up to verticle firing position.

Nike Missile coming up to firing position.












Hawk dual state, solid fuel rocket motor at the Thiokol plant in northern Utah

Hawk motor information at the Thiokol plant in northern Utah



















































The following pictures are from Ed Biser, Circa 1961

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Ed Biser and Gary Johnson outside Site 14

USS General J.C. Breckinridge - the Ship that brought the 30th to Okinawa in 1961












Ed Biser at 8 Battalion, 3rd Artillery, 30th Brigade AD Headquarters




















The following pictures are from Sgt. Bob Derks, Kadena 4252nd Maintenance Squadron

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The following pictures are from John Murdoch, 24F20 at site 10 for 18 months (pulse radars etc for a year and then simulators) and left in 01/1972.

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Koza's "BC Street" and "GATE 2" bar girls, photos from PFC D.E.Sowell circa 1963 to 1965.

Editors Note: They looked so good then, but now most of these cuties are probably pushing 70!

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The following pictures are from Sgt. Larry Trainer in Matthews, NC.   Larry started at B/8/1 on Site 11 and was on Okinawa from August 1965 until February 1968 and remembers 1SG Oren Philpot as a great guy.   Here's some pictures from the 1967 Accipter Year Book.   Accipter is the Latin name for birds that are known as hawks.

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Sgt. Larry Trainer  D-8-1


Does anyone have the 1968 edition of this Year Book?  If so, I'd like to scan some of the pictures in it.  tom@madracki.com

C-8-1 Cpt John Page

1LT Rodney Hyland, 1LT James Dyer

1LT Richard Schoville, 2LT Stephen Salopek, 2LT Samuel Heltzel




















C-8-1   1967



C-8-1

CW2 Wilfred Shand
    1SG Oreg Philpott
W01 William TrayhamC-8-1 SFC William Bishop Jr,   SFC L.C. Woods

SFC Willie Raynor, SSG Charles Thornton, SSG Dale Gregory, SSG Billy Looper

SSG Stewart Ferguson, SSG Johnny Branson, SSG Torrence Saunders, SSG Harry Wagner




















C-8-1 SSG James Anderson,   SSG Richard Estensen

SGT Jack Hanna, SGT Eugene Jackson, SGT James Turner

C-8-1 SSG Leodis Lawrence - He ran the Mess Hall!

SGT Charles Rovins, SGT Johnny Lloyd, SGT Robert Lilley, SGT Daniel Mumpower, SP5 Ron Gibson

SP5 Robert Rodgers, SP5 Joe Teague, SP5 Ray Mayne, SP5 Danny Hillis, SP5 Bill Golden




















C-8-1 Grunts

C-8-1 Grunts




















C-8-1 Grunts

C-8-1 Misc.




















D-8-1 G.I. Guards worked with local Defense Force Guards at the Main Gate of Each Missile Site.  These guys eat a lunch every day on duty, that came in a disposable 4x8 bamboo box that consisted of fish and rice - it was one of the most foul smelling things I'd ever smelled!  Interesting to note, they spoke little or no English and were there to interface with the locals.





The following pictures are from John Gago from in Lynwood IL. John was an E4 in 1963 and was at D-8-1 on Site 12 (Nago, MT.Tano Dake). Then moved to Site 9 which was A-8-1 at that time.

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Here are a few pictures of Sgt.Oren Philpott at C-8-1 from his son, Joseph Philpott Sr.


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The following pictures are from Specialist E5 John O'Loughlin in North Salem, New York.  John worked at the A-8-1 TAC Site in engineering for most of his time there ('67-'69). Initially he worked in the motor pool and was eventually promoted to E5 in charge of engineering at A-8-1.

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Gene Gonzales A-8-1







































































































































































The following pictures are from Specialist E5 Greg Ball in Detroit.
Greg was the C-8-1 Battery Clerk while I was on Okinawa.

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Battery C-8-1 at company picnic

VIP helicopter visit













Schultzy at USA tour

torri pines













Exploring jungle in a jeep

Exploring jungle in a jeep















SP5 Greg Ball (top row, 2nd from the left)






















C-8-1 Group picture, late '69














The following pictures are from Tom Guyett, Clovis, CA.  He was with A/8/1 at site 10 from mid 1969 thru 1970 and worked as a 24F20 (radar tech on the pulse radars and the BCC).

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Site 10 Tactical Building and Generator Shed

People never believe that the Military stored bombs and munitions on the sides of the road in the Chibana Ammo Dump, but here's proof!













Site 10 Missile Lanuch Area

Hawk Missiles and Tom Guyett













Site 10 Low Power and Pulse Radars

Site 10 CWAR Radar













B52's at Kadena AFB

B52's at Kadena AFB













Kadena Circle

Kids and cement buildings













Kadena Circle

Kadena Circle













Kadena Circle

Kadena Circle













Front fence line at Site 10

Front fence line at Site 10













Sugar cane field

Local farmer













Hawk target drone

Hawk launch from Bolo Point













Flag at Site 10 Tac Site



















The following pictures are from Diana Barnett of her late husband Frank's 1965 tour of duty on Tokashiki Island. He was a launcher crewman with Bat. B, 2nd Missile Battalion, 61st Artillery.




































Pictures by Mark Soldate, Bill Bvdniak, Bill Stautberg, Jeff Johnson and Rick Schwartz, circa 1967

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Bob Hope and Ann Margrett at the USO Show

Koza














Nago

East China Sea












Koza

Nago
















Nago

Koza
















Naha

Sobe
















Old Royal near Tori Gate

Yomitan












Sobe Market

Tori Station













Tori Station

Tori Station













The following 7 pictures are from Dave & Brenda Goff

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Dave Goff and Ralph Stolp 1978

Dave Goff

















Honda S600 chain drive, 4 cyl, 4 carbs.

Okinawan Memorial

















A typical Okinawan old lady in a village

Okinawan village ladies with their children














Latest Google Earth view of Site 10, Okinawa


Latest Google Earth view of Site 10, Okinawa


Latest Google Earth view of Site 10, Okinawa


Latest Google Earth view of Site 11, Okinawa


Latest Google Earth view of Site 11 Tac Site, Okinawa


Latest Google Earth view of Site 11 Admin, Okinawa


Latest Google Earth view of Site 12, Okinawa


Latest Google Earth view of Site 13, Okinawa from Frederick Martinez


Latest Google Earth view of Site 14, Okinawa from Frederick Martinez


Latest Google Earth view of Site 14, Okinawa from Frederick Martinez


Latest Google Earth view of Site 14, Okinawa from Frederick Martinez


Latest Google Earth view of Site 15, Tokashiki (what's left)


B&W Map I purchased from Blackie the Photographer at the Keystone Studio in Koza, Okinawa.  Base notations were added by someone else.


This Web site was designed and is maintained by Tom Madracki, US56708259. For further information about this Hawk Missile Web Page, if you have pictures you'd like to see up here, or if you'd like to talk about the good old days, please CLICK HERE to send e-mail to me at tom@madracki.com.

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