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Military communications center off Turner Road played vital role for U.S.
Technicians Ronald Russell, front, and David Denham work on the customer service switchboard at the Lodi AUTOVON station, receiving calls for network assistance from military users in 1978.
The site of Lodi 02, one of 52 former AUTOVON stations, is seen in 1978. The main building was created in the 1960s to house the Autovon ESS and the microwave radio equipment that connected the network.
Ron Russell, a retired AT&T employee, holds up a dosimeter on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. The device measures radiation levels.
Ron Russell, a retired AT&T employee, on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Russell worked for the phone company during the Cold War and Vietnam War when the U.S. military used a Lodi facility as a communications center.
Ron Russell holds a binder, one of only two items he saved while working with the military at AT&T, on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
Retirees from the Lodi 02 AUTOVON Station gather on Wednesday mornings for coffee each week. From left: Lloyd Heyd, Ramon Marroquin, Ronald Russell, Ernie Lucero, Ray Porteous and Robert Lovell catch up on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
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