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Memories / Security Hill Commanders


The following table documents the First Echelon commanders of Security Hill at Misawa during the USAFSS years.

~ Security Hill 1st Echelon Commanders, Misawa ~

No.

Organization

From

To

Commander

Timeline

1

1st RSM

Jul-51

Nov-53

Lt. Col. Charles Shepard [d. 1985]

1st RSM relocates from Johnson AB to Misawa AB Jan-53

2

1st RSM

Nov-53

Feb-55

Lt. Col. James W. Brady [d. 19??]

1954: USSR introduces 1st supersonic fighter, MiG-19.

3

1st RSM

Feb-55

Apr-55

Major William H. Madole [d. 1996]

Military coup ousts Juan Peron as president of Argentina.

4

1st RSM

Apr-55

May-55

Lt. Colonel Charles D. Pryor

1st MacDonald's opens Des Plains, Ill.

5

6921st RSM

May-55

Sep-56

Major William H. Madole [d. 1996]

Lockheed tests U-2; proposal to CIA for a high-altitude spy craft.

6

6921st RGM

Sep-56

Dec-57

Lt. Colonel James S. Novy [d. 2004]

USSR launches Sputnik I 10/4/57; Both US & USSR perfect ICBM's.

7

6921st RGM

Dec-57

Sep-59

Colonel Gerald E. Branch

Alaska 49th state 1/3/59; Hawaii 50th state 8/21/59; X-15's 1st flight.

8

6921st RGM

Sep-59

Sep-60

Colonel Dale S. Seeds

Gary Power's U-2 downed by USSR; USS Enterprise launched.

9

6921st RGM

Sep-60

Aug-62

Colonel James F. Berry

JFK inaugurated; Bay of Pigs fails; Berlin Wall built; 8,000 US troops in Vietnam.

10

6921st SW

Aug-62

Jul-63

Colonel Adolph M. Wright [d. 2010]

Cuban Missle Crisis; JFK visits Berlin & Rome.

11

6921st SW

Jul-63

Aug-63

Colonel Kenneth W. Davey

Col. Davey assumed command awaiting Col. Wildes' arrival

12

6921st SW

Aug-63

Jul-64

Colonel Gordon W. Wildes [d. 1994]

JFK assassinated; USS Thresher sub sinks losing all hands; Beatles invade US.

13

6921st SW

Jul-64

Jun-66

Colonel Kenneth W. Davey

LBJ re-elected; IBM 360 introduced; China explodes A Bomb; N.O.W. founded.

14

6921st SW

Jun-66

Mar-68

Colonel Thomas J. Hanley, III
[d. 8/26/2002]

Anti War Protests Grow; Miranda Decision upheld; USS Pueblo captured.

15

6921st SW

Mar-68

Jun-69

Colonel Harry A. Wilson [d. 2002]

RFK assassinated; Dr. King assassinated; Nixon elected; Woodstock.

16

6921st SW

Jun-69

Jan-70

Colonel Leonard M. Legge
[d. 1/20/1970]

Apollo 11 flight; 1st Boeing 747 flight; Rioting in Northern Ireland.

17

6921st SG

Jan-70

May-70

Colonel Cary A. Thompson

Kent State; Vietnam War spreads to Cambodia.

18

6921st SG

May-70

Jun-70

Lt. Col. Rogert W. Shively

Aswan Dam completed in Egypt.

19

6921st SG

Jun-70

Nov-72

Colonel Charles F. Beatie, Jr. [d. 1989]

ChiComs join UN, replacing Taiwan; Idi Amin siezes Uganda.

20

6921st SW

Dec-72

Apr-74

Colonel Robert H. Touby [d. 2010]

Willy Brandt of West Germany Forced to Resign.

21

6920th SW

Apr-74

Jun-74

Colonel Charles J. Luther [d. 2010]

Nixon resigns; Communists capture South Vietnam.

22

6920th SW

Jun-74

Jul-75

Colonel John F. Grant

Suez Canal reopened; Mayaguez incident.

23

6920th SW

Aug-75

May-78

Lt. Col. John G. Hennessy

Apple II introduced; Raid on Entebbe; Carter pardons 10,000 draft dodgers; .

24

6920th SS/ESG

May-78

Jun-80

Lt. Col. Juan F. Lopez

Smallpox eradicated; SALT II Accord; USSR invades Afghanistan; Three Mile Island.

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