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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 Monitor
1949 - Transmitting station 
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
1949 - 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
22 JUN 1949 – 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, 052200Z JAN 1961 - 302400Z JUN 1979
1L3, 052200Z JAN 1961 - 302400Z JUN 1979
1L6, 22 JUN 1949- MAY 1961
1L7, 22 JUN 1949 - MAY 1961

On-Air: 1L2, 052200Z JAN 1961
1L3, 052200Z JAN 1961
1L6, 22 JUN 1949
1L7, 22 JUN 1949

Off-Air: 1L2, 302400Z JUN 1979
1L3, 302400Z JUN 1979
1L6, 052200Z JAN 1961
1L7, 052200Z JAN 1961

Monitor Rate: LORAN A:
1L0 1944-1949

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

LORAN A:
1949 - UE-1 Timers, T-137 Transmitters
NOV-DEC 1962 - Equipment upgrade - AN/FPN-30, Timers; T-325, Transmitters; AM-1700, Amplifiers, 800Kw; AN/FPN-2A; AN/FPN-3A

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

Antenna Type: LORAN A:
1949 - 90ft Caged T-Antenna
1962 - 129ft tower
 
Personnel Allowance: JAN 1953 – LTJG, ETC, ET2, 3 ET3, CS1, HM1, EN1, EN2, DC2, FN, SN
JUL 1956 - 1 Officer and 12 Enlisted
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 Dickson F DeMarche 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:

022115Z JUN 75 - LTJG Pendegraft - LTJG Beason - pdf

09 JUL 1956 - Loran Station Survey - pdf
02 NOV 1959 - NOPAC Monitor System - pdf
25 OCT 1961 - Summarization of Station History - pdf
08 JUN 1964 - Operational Value of Adak Monitor - pdf
08 SEP 1964 - Customs Duties Assignment - pdf
302242Z DEC 64 - LORAN A Operating Mode - pdf
01 MAR 1968 - Station Information Book - pdf
JUL - OCT 1968 - Correspondence to Disestablish LORAN C Monitor - pdf
31 JUL 1968 - Personnel Roster - pdf
18 JUN 1969 - 1L2 Out of Tolerence - pdf
11 OCT 1969 - Thunderbird Article - pdf
27 APR 1971 - Attu and Adak CG-2899 Discrepancy - pdf
OCT - NOV 73 - LORAN A Semi-Annual Performance MSG TFC - pdf
01 JUL 1976 - General Information Book - pdf
10 FEB 1976 - American Revolution Bicentennial Recognization - pdf

Personnel Allowance List Correspondence - 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 retrieved from the NARA Washington, DC

Loran Station Adak circa 1945

Circa 1945

16 JAN 1951

The below photos were retrieved from the CG Historian Office

c./1949 upon Construction completion

Antenna layout and terrain

Main Building - Barracks and Generator room

Over looking the station - open sea North and West

Installation of the water line to the Signal Building

Waterline route

Main Building

Main Build Completion

Transmission Building

In MAY 1952 a Congessional party visited the station
below are photos of such an event

Old single T Antenna c./1952

Photos below are of c./09 JUL 1956

Barracks and Machinery Building

Loran Transmitting Building

Loran Transmitting Antenna

Loran UE-1 Timers

Loran Transmitters

Enlisted Men's Dayroom

Enlisted Man's room

Fairbanks-Morris Main Diesel

Aerial View c./09 JUN 1961

Cliff Road c./MAY 1962

Equipment and Station Upgrade c./NOV-DEC 1962 below

Entrance road

Main Building

Walkway between Main and Transmission buildings

Transmission Building

Transmission Building

AN/FPN-30 Timers

Timer Room

T-325B Transmitters

LORAN C Monitor Receivers and chart recorders

Comms Waterstander Station

Comms room AN/URT-17 Transmitters

Spare parts room and work bench

90ft Caged T Antenna

Fuel pits

Christmas Party 1962 below

The Tree

The Tree with presents

Setting up the refreshments

ET2 Schmidt and ET2 O'Keefe at the pay cleck desk c./1963

ETC Stanley Adams c./1963

SK2 Northacker c./1963

SN Garrett c./1963

SN Nelson c./1963

ET2 Bongirono and YN2 Henderson c./ FEB 1963

LORAN C Monitor Equipment
date and person unknown

CS1 Smith, RM3 Roy, SK3 Yacobozzi, SN Gallas c./1971

RM3 Carpon on watch c./1971

ET1 Caraco c./1975

ET3 Baker c./1975

ET3 Baker, SK3 Heaton, SA Hamilton, SA Timmons c./1975

FN Moxley and ETC Robertson c./1975

MK1 Adams, DC3 Canning, SN Overton, FN Griffin c./1975

SA Butz, DC3 Canning, SA Stewart, MK1 Nye, SN Jarrell c./1975

SS1 Gelindon c./1975

DC2 Young c./UNK

Thanks to the CG Historian Staff!
(Scott, Helen, Beth, Nora)

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!