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All of these pictures have been sent in by old timers or their families. These are pictures of Okinawa before Hawk Missile showed up, anything from WWII to the arrival of Hawk.

Stars and Stripes

San Francisco Examiner













The following pictures are from Leonard Brightly on Okinawa from 1958 to 59. He served at "C" Battery 1st Missile Battalion (Nike-Hercules) 65th Artillery. It was at the southern most site between Yosa Dake and Suicide Cliffs. He was originally assigned to Headquarters 97 AAA at Sukeran (sp). The 120 MM Aircraft batteries were still the defense of the Island. He drove a 38 ton track that hauled them out to the gun range above White Beach so they could practice firing.

Leonard Brightly

38 Ton M-6 Track I drove 97th Arty Group Pulling  120 MM Gun to gunnery range

























 Area below suicide cliffs on Okinawa 1959

 Joe Breen at the edge of suicide Cliffs Okinawa  1959













The following pictures are from Glenn Carman and are of his Dad's 435th Kangaroo Bombardment squad based at Kadena 1945-46, 8th airforce, 333rd group, 435th squad 316 wing.

435th Kangaroo Bombardment squad

Lady in Waiting













Lady in Waiting

The Barber Shop













8th Air Force

Shinto shrine 1949













Shinto shrine 1949

Shinto shrine 1949













Shinto shrine 1949

Shinto shrine 1949













Shinto shrine 1949

Shinto shrine 1949













1945

1945













1945













Pictures from Dave Owen on Okinawa 1956-1957.  He was with the 29 engineering at Ojai camp across from the old concrete plant, (they surveyed the entire Island),  then the 75th RCT (old Merrill’s Marauders) until it disbanded and finially the 663rd FABN at Sukeran.   The 663 rd had six 280mm Atomic Cannons.  They could fire a 900 lb.projectile 35 miles.

I WAS WITH THE 663 rd. FABN, ON ft. Buckner Okinawa from 1955 thru 1957.
WE WERE STATIONED AT THE U.S. ARMY FACILITIES IN SUKERIAN.
WE HAD SIX 280 MM ATOMIC CANNONS BETWEEN THREE BATTERS A-B- & C, I WAS IN ‘’A’’ BATTERY.
OUR MOTOR POOL AND GUN STAGING AREA WAS AT THE SUKERIAN MOTOR POLL OUR BARRAKES WAS RIGHT ACROSS THE ROAD.
WE FIRED INTO THE EAST CHINA SEA, FROM YAABARU AND YANTAN
OUR GUNS COULD FIRE THE A900, A 15 KILO TON OF ATOMIC ENERGY PROJECTILE OVER 35 MILES
WE WORE THE RYUKYU COMMAND INSIGNIA (THE TORI PATCH)

DAVE OWEN



A Battery firing into the East China Sea

Gun Retriever














Hydraulic Hose Problem

Night Firing at Yanaberu














Retrieval Machine














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