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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 (1960 Mercury Datum)
LORAN C Monitor: 51 53 30.0N 176 37 42.0W (WGS-72)

Fact Sheet:

Site Survey:

LORAN A: SEP 1943

LORAN C Monitor: JUL – SEP 1959

Construction Date LORAN A: 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

1970 - GalleyRepairs by Walsh and Co., Anchorage

Established:

LORAN A:
FEB 1944 - Monitor Station
1950 - Transmission Station

LORAN C:
15 MAR 1960 - System Area Monitor (SAM) Station

Disestablished:

LORAN A: 30 JUN 1979

LORAN C: SAM 15 OCT 1968

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:

LORAN A
CG Unit 64
Box 1, Navy Unit 230, Seattle, WA
1960- 17-360765
1968 - 17-40190

Address: 1967 - Box 47, 98791
1975 - Box 47, Seattle, WA 98777
Station nickname:  

On-air testing date:

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

Operations Ceased:

LORAN A:
302400Z JUN 1979

LORAN C:
15 OCT 1968 - SAM disestablished

Station Operation:

LORAN A:
MONITOR 1944-1950
Double MASTER (DM) 1950-1979

LORAN C: Monitoring

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, 22 JUN 1949 - MAY 1961

On-Air: 1L2, 05 JAN 1961
1L3, 05 JAN 1961
1L6, 1950
1L7, 22 JUN 1950

Off-Air: 1L2, 302400Z JUN 1979
1L3, 302400Z JUN 1979
1L6, 05 JAN 1961
1L7, 05 JAN 1961

Monitor Rate: LORAN A:
1L0 1944-1950

LORAN C:
S6 - 011000Z JUL 1961
SL-2 - 15 DEC 1961
Equipment:

LORAN A:
AN/FPN-30, Timers
T-325, Transmitters
AM-1700, Amplifiers, 800Kw
AN/FPN-2A
AN/FPN-3A

LORAN C: Monitoring
1960's 3 AN/SPN-30 LORAN C Receivers

Antenna Type: LORAN A:
129ft tower
 
Personnel Allowance: JAN 1953 – LTJG, ETC, ET2, 3 ET3, CS1, HM1, EN1, EN2, DC2, FN, SN
Increase JUL 1963 – 1 RELE, 5 Enlisted (Loran-C Monitor)
Decrease OCT 1968 - 1 RELE, 5 enlisted (SAM Disestablished)
Station Mascot: 1958 - Jesse
1977 - Chucker

Miscellaneous:

The station was situated on Cape Adagdak at 51 °59'N, 176°36'W at an elevation of 1,200 feet, on a saddle of the hills, 340 feet above the nearest road.

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

13 MAR 1951 - The site consisted of 75 acres of Navy-managed land adjacent to Andrews Bay, 14 miles north of Naval Station Adak. The Navy permitted this site to the Coast Guard (permit #NOy(R) 45676, 3/13/51).

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

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: LTJG Eugene E McCrory ? – 9 JUL 1953
CO: LTJG John C Fuechsel 9 JUL 1953 – 10 JUN 1955
CO: LTJG John D Costello 10 JUN 1955 – 31 JUL 1956
CO: LTJG John C Sarazen 31 JUL 1956 – 31 JUL 1957
CO: LTJG Warren F Baumgartner 31 JUL 1957 –
CO: LT Carmen J Blondin ? – 24 JUL 1959
CO: LT Ronald C Kollmeyer 24 JUL 1959 – 30 JAN 1961
CO: LTJG Ralph H Burr 30 JAN 1961 – 31 JUL 1962
CO: LTJG Robert A Schwartz 31 JUL 1962 – 31 JUL 1963
CO: LTJG Steve W Geletka 31 JUL 1963 – 31 JUL 1964
CO: LTJG Carl A Strand 31 JUL 1964 - ?
CO: LTJG Robert H Miller 1966 - 1967
CO: LTJG Kenneth G Coder 1968 -
CO: LTJG Jon C Dichert 1972 – APR 1973
CO: LTJG W L Beason APR 1973 - 02 JUN 1975
CO: LTJG John D Pendegraft 02 JUN 1975 – JUL 1977
CO: CWO Carl Schellenberg JUL 1977 - 1979

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:

Change of Command:

02 JUN 1975 - LTJG Pendegraft - LTJG Beason - pdf

02 NOV 1959 - NOPAC Monitor System - pdf
25 OCT 1961 - Summarization of Station History - pdf
26 OCT 1961 - Radiation Measuring Devices - pdf
08 JUN 1964 - Operational Value of Adak Monitor - pdf
302242Z DEC 64 - LORAN A Operating Mode - pdf
1968 - Station Information Book - pdf
161950Z JUL 68 - LORAN C Monitor Relocation - pdf
011756Z AUG 68 - LORAN C Monitor Personnel Transfer - pdf
07 OCT 1968 - OPCO Disestablish LORMONSTA - pdf
21 AUG 1968 - Personnel Changes upon LORMONSTA Closure - pdf
11 OCT 1969 - Thunderbird Article - pdf
18 JUN 1969 - 1L2 Out of Tolerence - pdf
172000Z OCT 73 - LORAN A Semi-Annual Performance Retest - pdf
070300Z NOV 73 - LORAN-A System Performance Test 1L2 - pdf
090100Z NOV 73 - LORAN-A System Performance Test 1L3 - pdf
1976 - Station Information Book - pdf
10 FEB 1976 - American Revolution Bicentennial Recognization - pdf
302116Z JUN 79 - D17 LORAN-A Termination - BZ to all - pdf

Pictures

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Google Earth View of Station

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

Photos below were located in NARA Washington, DC

Loran Station Adak circa 1945

Circa 1945

16 JAN 1951

Loran Station Adak circa 1977

Circa 1977 found on Fred's Place

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

circa 1963 aerial view

circa 1963 aerial view

Beer Mess

LORAN Watch Station

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

Jesse

circa 1958 volcano

Volcano through telescope

Ptarmigan hunting John Potts

Photo taken by ETC Flowers

Thanks John!