Born on September 7th, 1927, John L. Tracy was too young to enlist in the military for World War II. But as soon as he was of age, he entered the U.S. Armed Forces because he wanted to serve his country. His work involved using the latest technology from WWII: Radar.
He served at Boca Raton Army Air Field, Florida and traveled to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS, Edwards Air Force Base in California and other air bases where he trained military officers in radar equipment. He pioneered radar technology for Hurricane Hunters in Florida.
After his military service he went on to pursue new technology in television electronics and aerospace engineering. During the Cold War he worked at Bell Test Center, New York on the Rascal Missile. Bell Aircraft had a contract with the U.S. Air Force to defend our country against the Russians. His work involved missile testing at Holloman Air Force Base in White Sands, New Mexico.
He left New York to work for Lockheed Martin Company in Orlando on projects related to national defense. This led him to work with Wernher Von Braun and other leading scientists on classified projects for national security. He retired from his position as Special Projects Manager for Lockheed Martin after 35 years of service.
“Nice tailor made fatigues, huh?” – read the caption sent home to mom and dad in Lockport, New York.
Photo of John L. Tracy at Boca Raton Army Air Field, Florida where he served his country doing radar operations.
Photo of John L. Tracy home on military leave pictured with his next door neighbor, Johnny Cross, in Lockport, New York.
John L. Tracy in Miami Beach, Florida.