I worked with Lou on Okinawa in 66, 67,
and 68. He had left the Marines and was a civilian working in
Army Education at Sukiran. He was married, had several
children, had his own dojo at the time, raised Dobermans, and
also had a small band that played several clubs. (And he
worked with me full-time on his day job!!) He wouldn't leave
Okinawa because, he said, of his great fear of flying...though
we did once go together on a business trip (conference) to
Tokyo. Lou was originally from New Jersey, but the
closest family he had was his grandfather whom he dearly loved
and respected. The Okinawans we worked with said that
Louis, at that time, was the highest rated non-Okinawn in
Karate on the island.
I left Okinawa in the summer of 68.
In the late 70s or early 80s, my wife
and I spotted Lou on a street in DC. He walked us up to his
nearby office (import/export he said) and then we followed
him to his home in Prince Georges County for a short visit.
I haven't seen or heard from him since.
He was a fine man and good friend. I
hope you've located him by this time.