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LORAN STATION ADAK

(MONITOR 1944-47) 51 50 42.20 N 176 40 29.8 W
Transmitter Coordinates: 51 59 34.57 N 176 36 45.46 W

Fact Sheet:

Site Survey: SEP 1943
LORAN C Monitor: JUL – SEP 1959
 
Construction Date NOV – DEC 1943
 
Constructed by: LORAN A: CONSTRUCTION DET “A”
 
LORAN C Monitor Addition: Raber-Kief Inc & Beck Constructors $426,000.00 15 Mar 1960
 
Established: FEB 1944
 
Disestablished: 30 JUN 1979
 
Operated by: USCG
 
Chain: WESTERN ALEUTIANS LORAN CHAIN
 
Station Letter designation: 1L2, “D”
1L3, “D”
 
Station code name: LORAN C - DOOR 7
 
Station Unit Number/OPFAC: CG Unit 64
Navy Unit 230
LORAN C: 1960- 17-360765

Station nickname:  

On-air testing date:

Operational date: FEB 1944 – MONITOR STATION
1950 – TRANSMITTING STATION

Operations Ceased: 302400Z JUN 1979

Station Operation: MONITOR 1944-1950
Double MASTER (DM) 1950-1979

Station pair: 1L2/1L7 – ATTU
1L3/1L6 – CAPE SARICHEF

Loran Rate: 1L2, MAY 1961 - 302400Z JUN 1979
1L3, MAY 1961 - 302400Z JUN 1979
1L6, 1950 - MAY 1961
1L7, 1950 - MAY 1961

On-Air: 1L2, MAY 1961
1L3, MAY 1961
1L6, 1950
1L7, 1950

Off-Air: 1L2, 302400Z JUN 1979
1L3, 302400Z JUN 1979
1L6, MAY 1961
1L7, MAY 1961

Monitor Rate: LORAN A:
1L0 1944-1950

LORAN C:
S6 - 011000Z JUL 1961
SL-2 - 15 DEC 1961
SH-7 - 1969
5930 - 25 FEB 1975
9990 - 1 MAR 1977

Equipment: AN/FPN-30, Timers
T-325, Transmitters
AM-1700, Amplifiers, 1 MW
AN/FPN-2A
AN/FPN-3A
1960's 3 AN/SPN-30 LORAN C Receivers

Antenna Type:
 
Personnel Allowance: JAN 1953 – LTJG, ETC, ET2, 3 ET3, CS1, HM1, EN1, EN2, DC2, FN, SN
JUL 1963 – 1 RELE, 5 Enlisted (Loran-C Monitor)
Station Mascot: 1958 - Jesse
 
Miscellaneous:

The site of the station was the top of a hill rising 634 feet above the level of the sea.

The officer in charge of the construction of this station was Lt. (j.g.) Anthony J. Windheim, who had a crew of 20 men.

Nov 27, 1943 - CO killed in PBY crush

1960-61 Crew member killed accident gun incident

1961 DC2 died in auto accident

02 JUN 1968 - Fire in old recreation room, HS1 Jacob Lauri Arthur Poroo succumbed to injuries died 18 JUN 1968.

15 MAY 1969 - Earthquake strike

1970 - Galley Repairs

Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
CO: ENS Charles E. Johnson 1943
CO: ENS Raymond V Pruner 1944 – 26 DEC 1945
OINC: CRT Proctor L Pulliam 26 DEC 1945 - ? Acting
CO: Eugene E McCrory ? – 9 JUL 53
CO: LTJG John C Fuechsel 9 JUL 53 – 10 JUN 55
CO: LTJG John D Costello 10 JUN 55 – 31 JUL 56
CO: LTJG John C Sarazen 31 JUL 56 – 31 JUL 57
CO: LTJG Warren F Baumgartner 31 JUL 57 –
CO: LT Carmen J Blondin ? – 24 JUL 59
CO: LT Ronald C Kollmeyer 24 JUL 59 – 30 JAN 61
CO: LTJG Ralph H Burr 30 JAN 61 – 31 JUL 62
CO: LTJG Robert A Schwartz 31 JUL 62 – 31 JUL 63
CO: LTJG Steve W Geletka 31 JUL 63 – 31 JUL 64
CO: LTJG Carl A Strand 31 JUL 64
CO: LTJG Robert H Miller 1966 - 1967
CO: LTJG Jon c Dichert 1972 – APR 1973
CO: LT Larry W Beason APR 1973 - JUN 1975
CO: LTJG John D Pendegraft JUN 1975 – JUL 1977
CO: CWO Carl Schellenberg JUL 1977 - 1978

Awards

Coast Guard Medal

POROO, Jacob Lauri Arthur, Hospital Corpsman First Class, USCG (Posthumous Award)
Date of Action:  02 June 1968
Date of Award:  10 August 1968
For heroism on the morning of June 2, 1968 when he entered a burning cabin to attempt a rescue on Adak Island, Adak, Alaska.  When fire erupted about 3:30 a.m. engulfing the doorway of the old recreation building, Petty Officer POROO, together with seven other men, successfully escaped.  Hearing shouting and believing it to be a cry for help form a trapped companion, he unhesitatingly re-entered the flaming cabin to render assistance with complete disregard for his own safety.  Petty Officer POROO received second and third degree burns over 75 percent of his body before he finally left the burning building, assured that his companions were safe.  He then calmly gave sound medical advice to his injured companions until help arrived.  Petty Officer POROO later succumbed to his injuries.  His outstanding courage, intrepidity, and unselfish actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: Old - New

Documents:

02 NOV 1959 - NOPAC Monitor System (pdf)
26 OCT 1961 - Radiation Measuring Devices (pdf)
08 JUN 1964 - Comdt ltr to D17 need of LORAN-C monitor (pdf)

Pictures

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Google Earth View of Station

Picture from google earth.  The transmitting station buildings are still visible

Loran Station Adak circa 1945

Circa 1945

Lorsta Adak circa Jan 1951

C./16 JAN 1951

Loran Station Adak circa 1977

Circa 1977

The following photos from Fred's Place
Contributed by Richard (Dick) Schmidt c./1963

circa 1963 aerial view

circa 1963 aerial view

circa 1963 Beer Mess

Beer Mess

circa 1963 Radio Watch

LORAN Watch Station

circa 1963 Ada Forest

Thanks Dick!

The photos below were contributed by John Potts c./1958

circa 1958 view of station

Station view

circa 1958 Living Quarters and vehicles

Living Quarters and station vehicles

circa 1958 view from station

View from the station

circa 1958 Loran Shack

LORAN Shack

circa 1958 Loran A Timer

Timers/watchstander area

circa 1958 SNBM John Potts

John himself (SNBM)

circa 1958 road to Navy Town

Road to Navy Town

circa 1958 Beach and mascot Jesse

Beach and Mascot Jesse

circa 1958 mascot Jesse

Mascot Jesse

circa 1958 mascot Jesse

Jesse

circa 1958 volcano

Volcano through telescope

circa 1958 John Potts ptarmigan hunting

Ptarmigan hunting John Potts

Photo taken by ETC Flowers

Thanks John!