Got a new LCD today.
After doing the power and ground connections I tested LCD. Backlight came on. Five seconds later, nothing.
Then I realized that I accidentally soldered the socket the wrong way around (lesson 1) and did not double check it.
I also realized how fragile LED’s can be without a resistor (lesson 2).
Anyways, I managed to hack out the broken LED, and Dremelled a square shaped ‘replacement’ from a round LED.
I havent hooked it up yet to see if other damage was done. Need a beer and some sleep now