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LORAN STATION CAPE SARICHEF

54 35 49.94 N 164 55 32.73 W (1960 Mercury Datum)

Request for information:

Greetings:
There has been a recent (2014) report of walrus hauled out at Cape Sarichef on Unimak Island.  I was wondering if anyone that had
served there years ago had also observed walrus, or if only seals and sealions were noted. 

thanks for any insights

Sean
Sean.Farley@Alaska.gov

Fact Sheet:

Site Survey:

Construction Date JUL SEP 1943

Constructed by: CONSTRUCTION DET A

Established: SEP 1943

Disestablished: JAN 1945 Monitor Station
JUL 1980 - Loran Transmitting Station

Operated by: USCG

Chain: BERING SEA

Station Letter designation: 1L3, S

Station code name: YOKE

Station Unit Number: 25

Station nickname:

On-air testing date: MONITOR SEP 1943
1L6 JAN 1950

Operational date: 1L6 01 FEB 1950
1L3 MAY 1961

Operations Ceased: 1L6 MAY 1961
1L3 30 2400Z JUN 1979

Station Operation: MONITOR 1L1,1L2 DEC 43 DEC 44
MONITOR 1L2, 1 JUL 47 1950
Single SLAVE/SECONDARY 1950 - 1979

Station pair: MONITOR 1L1, 1L2 ST PAUL, ST MATTHEW, UMNAK
1L6, 1L3 - ADAK

Loran Rate: MONITOR 1L1, ST PAUL & ST MATTHEW
MONITOR 1L2, ST PAUL & UNMAK
1L6 ADAK
1L3 - ADAK

On-Air: MONITOR, SEP 1943
1L6, 01 FEB 1950
1L3, MAY 1961

Off-Air MONITOR, DEC 1944
1L6, MAY 1961
1L3, 30 JUN 1979

Monitor Rate: 1L1, 1L2 SEP 1943 DEC 1944

Equipment: AN/FPN-30, T-325C, AM-1700, AN/FPA-3B

Antenna Type: 129ft TWR, AS-1088-TRN

Personnel Allowance: JAN 1953 LTJG ETC, ET2, 3 ET3, RM2, CS1, HM1, EN1, EN2, DC2, 2 FN, SN
1 FN FOR LIGHT

Oct 1955 1 Officer, 16 enlisted

Station Mascot: 1972 - Sybil
1972 - Arnie

Miscellaneous: Bering Sea Chain: Testing
10 hr service 18 OCT 43
16 hr service 10 NOV 43
22 hr service 01 JAN 44
24 hr service 10 JUL 44

APR 1946 Tidal Wave Killed several CG personnel @ the Lighthouse - FN Jack Colbin, SN Paul Ness, SN Dewey Dykstra, EM2 Leonard Pickering, BMC Anthony Petit

1950 - Station re-built

24 APR 1952 Name change from LTS Unimak Island to Cape Sarichef Comdt Ltr 24 APR 1952

MAY - NOV 1955 - Main Building enlarged to accommodate the regular crew.

DEC 1962 C123 crash

NAME CHANGE 1967 from UNIMAK ISLAND * On the NOTAM

OCT 1968 CO Medical ran off the cliff XO of C-130 acting until arrival of new CO 2 weeks later

Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
1st OINC: CRM Guy Bellinger 1944-45
OINC: CRM P Pyrzynski 1949 - 1950
1st CO: LTJG Lawrence O Hamilton 1950
CO: LTJG Robert E Walsh ? 13 JUL 1951
CO: LTJG H. G. Weber 13 JUL 1951
CO: LTJG J A Hadley ? 19 DEC 1952
CO: ENS J A Logan 19 DEC 1952 - 14 JAN 1953
CO: LTJG J A Hadley 14 JAN 1953
CO: LTJG Lawrence O Hamilton ? 1 MAY 1955
CO: LTJG John D Hosfield 1 MAY 1955 - JUN 1956
CO: LTJG George K Greiner JUN 1956 22 MAY 1957
CO: LTJG Henry J Roehner 22 MAY 1957 24 MAY 1958
CO: LTJG Joel R Swanson 24 MAY 1958 22 MAY 1959
CO: LTJG Charles W Faircloth 22 MAY 1959 28 MAY 1960
CO: LTJG Ronald G Malone 28 MAY 1960 22 MAY 1961
CO: LTJG John E. Footit 22 MAY 1961 30 MAY 1962
CO: LTJG Garret T Bush 30 MAY 1962 28 MAY 1963
CO: LTJG William T Troutman 28 MAY 1963 30 MAY 1964
CO: LTJG John L Patterson 30 MAY 1964 - 1965
CO: LTJG Houticour 1965 - MAY 1966
CO: LTJG Jack Malsom MAY 1966 MAY 1967
CO: LT Donald G Campbell May 1967 - 1968
CO: LTJG Peter Lawson NOV 1968 MAR 1969
CO: Ira Stolzenberg DEC 1970 MAR 1971
CO: LTJG G Hale MAR 1971- 1972
CO: LTJG James Friderici 1972 - 1973
CO: Charles D Wurster 1973 APR 1974
CO: LTJG George (Mike) McNiff APR 1974 APR 1975
CO: LTJG Robert Petko APR 1975 - APR 1976
CO: LTJG S. Jorgensen APR 1976 - 1977
CO: LTJG Tom Vorholt 1978 - 1979

Fred's Place Reunion Hall

Old -
New

Documents:

1960s Cape Sarichef Info Book
26 OCT 1961 - Radiation Measuring Devices (pdf)

Pictures

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Loran Station Cape Sarichef

The photos below were contribute by Gene Wagner c./1961


ET Wagner


Sarichef Light - Quonset hut - loran building


Front of the station


Loran building and Antennas


Back of the station


Timers


Loran Transmitters


ET stockroom


ET on watch (scope locked to Adak)


Station Christmas Party (Gene Wagner on right)


Station CO (LTJG Footit and Co of AF radar site) at the Christmas party


Crew in dayroom with our wild duck


A bit of R&R fishing


R&R with some of the crew


Log flight from Kodiak (C-123)


New ride


Old station below the new station


Old CG station on beach - notice the white seal


Burning of the old station


AF radar site on hill above the station


Old WWII Navy base near Scotch Cap


Old Prospector cabin


Old Scotch Cap foundation - lighthouse
1 Apr 1946 tidal wave several CG personnel perished 

Thanks Gene!

The photos below were contributed by Bernie Holland

Station Girlfriend at the bar.

The baby seal that swam up to where we were fishing and it would not leave. We believed the mother was killed by a pod of Orka's going through the pass that day as it showed up on the beach where we were fishing and would not leave. The baby was put back in the water and eventually disappeared.


Dennis Nelson


1966 Crew


The photo is of Dennis Sherril who was the 1st class radioman who ran all our phone patches and Ham station (KL7CGA)

The photo is of Reeve Grummond Goose that a gentleman named "Swede Erickson" flew usually into Scotch Cap and let me say that on several flights I was on in the co-pilots chair when we moved supplies from Cape Sarichef to Scotch Cap were scary trips at best between the wind, rain and snow. ;-) We loved it and would do a quick "Paper, Scissors, Rock" to see who got to sit up front!


Recreation - Ray Hale c./1967


Station Vehicles c./1967

Thanks Bernie!

The photos below were contributed by Ray Hale


Christmas card - Station building

Thanks Ray!

Again Bernie Holland contribute some more


Old Scotch Cap Light Station c./1967
Joe Britt c./1967


L to R: Ray Hale, Ray Hale, Joe Britt & Ray Hale c./1967


On Left: Bobby Sullivan, Ray Gillette, BM1 Wendland
On Right: Bobby Sullivan, Bernie Holland


And the man who has provided most of the memoirs

Thanks again Bernie!

Photo contributed by Michael Brewton


c./1967

Thanks Michael!

The photos below were contributed by Bruce Gray c./1976-77


AN/FPN-30 Loran A Timer


Radio Room


Station Building


Log Flight - 1977 - Bruce is credited for the photo


The Dump


And one of the neighbors

Thanks Bruce!

The photos below were contributed by Rick Reynolds c./1972


Me and a bear that was shot by the medic while he was sighting in a new rifle.  He said it was self defense but that story seemed a bit odd to some of us.  Maybe someone else would like to comment on this. :-)
"After the bear was shot we called Fish and Game and they flew out and took it away."

Rebuttal - now the rest of the story

Well, I guess the fellow the bear was chasing would disagree with your assumption, he was on all fours scrambling uphill yelling" shoot the bear", and the bear was running straight for him and probably 70 yds behind when I shot it. To this day I dont know why the bear did this (They usually ran away) and I actually hesitated before making the shot. For me it was a pretty lucky shot I was probably 150 yds. away. He reported emphatically to the CO I saved his life and offered me money, (Which I refused). We skinned the bear out back at base because I couldnt find the bullet entry of the first killing shot (I actually shot it again when I got closer because the fellow saw it was still moving a little and was screaming "Shoot it again") We found the first shot went directly up its bum killing instantly. The skin and pelt were returned to fish and game which is routine in these kinds of situations, and no further action was taken. - Pat Reischmann HM2


While I was there the second story was finished and ready for us. Part of my job was to work on the equipment move from the old building to this one.


One of our supply planes.  Luckily the fire proof suites never were tested. Sorry, I don't remember their names.


When I went hiking I would take this dog since he was really good with the bears.  His name was Arney.  The is the view behind the light/fog horn house not far from the barracks.


Me in the equipment room. I should probably mention that I was an ET


Good shot of the light/fog horn building and barracks.  The garage is on the far right.  We had some very odd vehicles stored there.  One was a flatbed truck with tires that had to be three feet tall and at least that wide.  As I recall it kept blowing differentials so it was put out to pasture.  They called it the Monster.


Me and in the radio room.  I did not man this very often.


Me trying to get a tan.  No success.


Me with the radio crew (I think). Sorry, I don't remember their names

Thanks Rick!

The below photos were contributed by Pat Reischmann (HM2 c./1972)


The Base


Main Road


Arnie rooting for whistle pigs


Arnie taking a nap


Bear having lunch on the beach


Bear with dog close by


Bear that chased one of the guys


Bumblebee and local flower


Little snowfall


I think this was called the "Goat"


Mercedes Unimog


Mt. Shishaldin


River exit to the sea


Spectacular sunset


The Crew


The bar


Volcano Shishaldin


Waves breaking on the rocks

Thanks Pat!

The below photos were contributed by Butch Weedon c./1966


Wendland and Butch at the door at Scotch

Thanks Butch!

 

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