In January 1945, a newspaper photographed Lydia while she was stationed on Saipan, one of the Mariana Islands. The islands, previously held by Japan, were seized by the U.S. in 1944. The planes that dropped the atomic bombs on Japan in 1945 took off from one of the Mariana Islands.
Lydia returned to the United States in September 1945, first to San Francisco, then home to Cornwall. She returned to teaching after the war and married Hans Wolf in 1952.