Welcome to Loran-History.info
These pages remember the Coast Guardsmen, who served aboard Loran-A, Loran-C stations, and other Loran billets worldwide. These dedicated Coasties are but a few who provided radio navigation signals to millions of navigators. These pages wouldn't exist except through the efforts of MCPO Bill Dietz, USCG(ret). Bill has spent numerous hours for over a decade collecting the information you find here.
If you wish to add your information to the database, just fill out the Contact us form. Bill or I will update the list.
We are looking for pictures and stories. If you wish to contribute, please Contact Us.
Loran Station GIS, a zipped google earth file with Loran Stations Locations by Michael Greene
Received this study (pdf) for distribution.
LORAN-C Legacy: The End of an Era
Social History and Operations of
United States Coast Guard
FYI - Site Maintenance underway.
For the next few months we are conducting an audit of the html pages to ensure compliance with the current standards. There is extraneous html code on some pages and it needs to be brought up to date. I am doing each letter of the alphabet as a group before moving on to the next grouping. If you sent something to Bill that belongs in the portion of the alphabet I'm currently working, it won't appear as timely as others. Please bear with me during this process. I hope to make the site more friendly for the mobile users (tablets and smart phones) as well as faster for the wired users.
The last couple weeks I visited the CGHQ Historian Office. I would like to thank Mr. Scott Price and his staff (Beth, Heather and Nora) for the wonderful hospitality and support toward the research of LORAN. Also, I must mention CDR Gary Thomas, USCG, ret., who has been a great supporter of the project.
Some highlights of the trip is a better understanding of the accosication of the MIT research team and the different types of LORAN and the test being conducted during late 1944 through 1946. I previous read that MIT researchers requested to use the transmitters at the East Coast on air stations (MF) for testing. The Coast Guard gave approval to installed a second set of equipment (timers/transmitters) at the East Coast Stations (Nantucket, Bodie, Folly Beach and possibility Hobe Sound) plus the test stations Montuak, Fenwick and Assateague. There were monitor stations located in Bermuda, Carlyle, IL, Assateague, Fenwick, Memphis, and Chatham. From my understanding from a fast read there were three LORAN frequencies LF (180kc); MF (1.75 - 2.0mc - this was standard loran) and HF (10.585). I will have a better understanding once I have read and disgested all the facts. All this will be posted to the site as time permits.
Other interesting items is the coordinators of the SE Asia chain. There were approxiately 14 monitor sites with UDORN being the control station. More to come...
Many photos and other interesting information that will be posted at time permits.
A possible LORAN convention is being planned for April 2019 in Charleston, SC. Get ready - more to come as the information becomes available.
As mentioned above the site is undergoing a major revamp. I am working on sorting the files and renaming to a standard format along with posting new material. We do welocme all your input, photos, names, rosters or anything else you would to share with others. Please continue sending.
USCG LORAN VETERANS FACEBOOK:
Ray is going a great job of hosting this and we support him temendously however the loran-history site and the Facebook group are two independent identities. If you would like to post something on either site the material should be sent to that site.
Thanks to Ray Rebmann Fred's Place Reunion Hall will be posted on each station page.
Completed: Adak, Angaur, Atafu, Attu, Barrigada, Batan, Biorka, Cape Atholl, Cape Christian, Cape Sarichef, Canton, Catanduanes, Eniwetok, Estaca de Vares, Estartit, French Frigate Shoals, Gesashi, Guam, Hokkaido, Ichi Hanare, Iwo Jima, Johnston Island, Kargabarun, Kauai, Kure Island, Kwajalein, Lampang, Lampedusa, LMS Kami Seya, LMS Keflauik, LMS Kodiak, LMS Rhodes, LMS Sardinia, LMS Shetlands, LMS Udorn, Marcus, Matratin, Matsumae, Miho, Miyako Jima, Molokai, Narrow Cape, Naulo Point, Niigata, Niihau, Nomaike, Ocean Cape, Oshima, Port Clarence, Pusan, Roguron, Saipan, Sattahip, Sellia Marina, Shoal Cove, Sitkinak, Spruce Cape, St Paul, Sylt, Upolu Point, USCGC KUKUI, Wildwood
Ray Rebmann asked to pass this info:
Loranimal patches are available. Visit this page to contact Ray. The actual patch is depicted on the contact page as well as the history behind the patch.
Facebook pages for Loran Veterans
The Coast Guard Combat Veterans will be having their 2019 Convention in North Charleston, SC on 15-18 April 2019. While all COMSEASEC veterans are always invited, they have offered us the opportunity to have a separate day/session for a COMSEASEC reunion. It's been some time since we have gotten together. If you have an interest in joining us at this event, please send an email to COMSEASEC@gmail.com.
View From the Top" - By CDR Carl Burkhart USCG (Ret) - pdf
(This article was published in CGA Alumni "The Bulletin",Vol 72, No 5
06 JUN 18 - Updated fact sheets for: Angaur, Batan, Cape Christian, Cape San Juan, COMFESEC, COMMARSEC, COMPHILSEC, Eniwetik, FFS, Grand Turk, Guam, Ichi Banare, Iwo Jima, Johnston, Kauki, Kwajalein, Matsumae, Miho, Miyako Jima, Molokai, Nomaike, O'Shima, Pusan, Saipan, Talampulan, Tarumpitao, Ulithi, Wake Island
04 JUN 18 - updated personnel roster
16 MAY 18 - Biloxi, LMS Udorn - added photos and updated Fact Sheet; Grangeville - added photos
15 MAY 18 - Updated personnel roster. 28 APR 18 - added videos to Wildwood and Johnton Island pages.
11 APR 18 - Updated Fact Sheets: Angaur; Cape Atholl; Cape Christain; Folly Island; Hokkaido; Iwo Jima; Kodiak; Marcus; Naulo Point; OShima; Ottisi; Philippine Section; Point Grenville; Port Clarence; Port Isabel; Port-aux-Basques; Saipan; San Salvador; Sitkinak; Skuvanes; South Caicos; Spring Island; Spruce Cape; St. Paul; Talampulan; Tan My; Tarumpitao; Added photos to Attu of CWO John Flewelling; Cape Hatteras 1949 Antenna; Gesashi 1976 aerial view; SEAsia Patch; updated personnel roster.
09 APR 18 - Battle Harbor - updated Fact sheet and added 1948 Operational Data Report; 26 FEB 1950 Station Fire Corrsepondence plus other material
06 APR 18 - Sellia Marina - updated Fact Sheet, added 1967 General Information Book; Board of Survey; COMDT OFCO; ACTEUR OPORD
01 APR 18 - Cape Atholl - added NOV 1961 General Information Book; Cape Atholl/Christian OFCO 50-75
25 MAR 18 - Atafu - uploaded Roger Kelm photos and Roger Kelm World War Two LORAN Service
08 MAR 18 - Kure - added SS1 Steve Phifer photos
07 MAR 18 - LMS Eglin - added USAF Support Agreement, LMS Warner-Robbins to Eglin; Kure: added photos from Dave Hill; Updated Fact Sheets: Narrow Cape; Niigata; Nomaike; Ocean Cape; Okama Saki;
04 MAR 18 - LMS Eglin - added documentation; Updated Fact Sheet: LMS Keflavik; LMS Kodiak; LMS Ratidian; LMS Shetland
01 MAR 18 - LMS Eglin - added Destin Monitor Site correspondence
26 FEB 18 - Updated LMS Majuro Fact Sheet and added photos
24 FEB 18 - Updated LMS Fuchu Fact Sheet; added 1969 General Info Book plus other documents;
21 FEB 18 - Estaca de Vares added 1967 General Info Book; Fact Sheets updates: LMS Eglin; LMS Fuchu
19 FEB 18 - Attu added 07 NOV 1969 LORAN C Free Running Mode; Updated Port Clarence and Sitkinak Fact sheets; LMS Bermuda: added 1966-67 Personnel Allowance; 1978-79 Disestablishment Correspondence; Air Station History; updated the Fact Sheet
18 FEB 18 - Attu: added 302242Z DEC 64 LORAN A Operating Mode this includes all D17 LORAN A Stations; LMS Bermuda: added JUL 1969 General Information Book and updated fact sheet
14 FEB 18 - Updated LMS Bermuda Fact Sheet and added 1967 Station Info Book; OPCO 30-79;
13 FEB 18 - Updated Fact Sheets: Grangeville; LMS Bermuda; Marcus: added Don Johnson photos; Attu: added Establishment of Air Force/Army facility correspondence
12 FEB 18 - Attu-added Change of Command Documentation; Fact Sheet updates: Malone; Marcus
11 FEB 18 - Updated Fact Sheets for Iwo Jima; Jan Mayen; Jupiter; Kargabarun; Kodiak; Lampedusa; LMS Shetland;
10 FEB 18 - Updated Kure Fact Sheet and added documents
09 FEB 18 - Added Attu-Ochi-Ishi Feasibility Link Correspondence; Kure - added Bill Ferrary 1970's photos; Fact sheets: Guam; Hasaki; Hokkaido; Ichi Banare;
07 FEB 18 - Updated Fact Sheets: Galveston; Gesashi; Grand Isle; Grangeville;
05 FEB 18 - Updated Fact Sheets: Cape Blanco; Cape San Blas; Cape Sarichef; Caribou; Carolina Beach; Catanduanes; Conson; Ejde; Eniwetok; Estaca de Vares; Estartit; Fallon; FESEC; Folly Island; FFS;
01 FEB 18 - Updated Attu Fact Sheet and added 1968 Station Information Book plus other documents
28 JAN 18 - Updated Adak Fact Sheet and added 1968 & 1976 Station Information Books plus other documents
25 JAN 18 - Updated LMS Sardina Fact Sheet and added 1967 Station Information Book plus other documents
24 JAN 18 - Updated Batan Fact Sheet and added 1969 Station Information Book
23 JAN 18 - Updated Upolu Point Fact Sheet and 1978 Station Information Book; Water Issues; Wake: Geography Map of Atoll; Yap added OPCO-27-63; Feb 1983 DI; Nov 1964 D14 News Release; Yap Report of Title;
22 JAN 18 - Updated Fact Sheet Attu; Barrigada; Batan; Battle Harbor; Biloxi; Biorka; Bo; Cape Atholl; Upolu Point; added to Upolu Point 1947 Life Aboard and 1969 Station Information Book
09 JAN 18 - Updated Yap and Barrigada - D14 OPORDER; Yap Report of Title; Fact Sheet: Karabarun, Upolu Point
29 DEC 17 - Updated Yap - added 1987 Closure Discussion plus other information; Fact Sheets for Williams Lake; Wake Island; Venice; Cape San Blas; Biloxi
28 DEC 17 - Updated personnel Roster
20 DEC 17 - Updated Yap - fact sheet and added General Information Book (year unk); Montauk Point factsheet and included a photo what is to be believe the station in Sep 1945.
19 DEC 17 - updated Sylt - fact sheet and added 1967 General Information Book
18 DEC 17 - updated LORAN-C 10 Oct - 19 Nov 1974 NORPAC OOT Investigation - LORAN B Purchase description of Station Sets; Contract Specs for Receiving Set; Final Evaluation of System; Yap - fact sheet, 1963 Site Survey; 1964 Welcome Aboard; 1973 General Information Book; 1976 General Information Book; 1981 Relocation to Guam
04 DEC 17 - updated Adak and Angaur
29 NOV 17 - upgraded LORAN B system and receiver specs contract; Pusan
28 NOV 17 - updated Batan, Christmas Cards, LORAN C NORPAC OOT 10 Oct - 19 Nov 1974 Investigation, Matsumae
12 NOV 17 - updated personnel roster
22 SEP 17 - updated personnel roster
17 SEP 17 - updated LMS Shetland, ST Paul
07 SEP 17 - updated personnel roster
04 SEP 17 - updated Lampang, LMS Kodiak, Ocean Cape, SE-Asia-Section, Spring Island, Spruce Cape