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LORAN STATION ANGAUR ISLAND

06 55 11.84 N 134 08 58.46 E (1960 Mercury Datum)

Fact Sheet

Site Survey: JAN 1945
9 AUG – 24 SEP 1952 Including BATAN, CATANDUANES, MIYAKO
 
Construction Date 9 MAR -  02 APR 1945
23 JUN 1945 Commissioned and transferred to 14th District
 
Constructed by: 1945 Monitor Site - CONSTRUCTION DET “D” Permanent station buildings
1953 - Transmission Station - The Fisher Construction Company
Established: MONITOR STATION: 23 JUN 1944
TRANSMITTING STATION: 1953
 
Disestablished: MONITOR STATION: 02 NOV 1945
TRANSMITTING STATION: 08 JAN 1978
 
Operated by: USCG
 
Chain: 1944 – 1946: PALAU MOROTAI
 
Station Letter designation: 2L1 “A”

Station code name: ELMO 9

Station Unit Number: MOBILE: 334
Monitor Unit: 342
PERMENANT: 346 NAVY UNIT 3257
 
Radio Call Sign: NRV4
 
AKA: PALAU,NGEAUR, ELMO 9
 
On-air testing date: 4H6, 4H7 15 MAR – 02
APR 1945 Testing and practice monitoring responsibilities
2L1 -
 
Operational date: 15 AUG 1953
 
Operations Ceased: 312400Z DEC 1977
 
Station Operation: MONITOR STATION 6 DEC 1944 to 18 APR 1946
Single SLAVE/SECONDARY
 
Station pair: 2L1, ULITHI, YAP
 
Loran Rate: 2L1
 
On-Air: 2L1, 15 AUG 1953 – ULITHI
2L1, 1 FEB 1965 - YAP
 
Off-Air 2L1, 1 FEB 1965 - ULITHI
2L1, 312400Z DEC 1977 - YAP
 
Monitor Station: 4H6, 6 DEC 1944 – Mobile Detachment monitoring
4H7, 6 DEC 1944 – Mobile Detachment monitoring
4H6, 2 APR 1945 Relived mobile unit of monitoring responsibilities
4H7, 2 APR 1945 Relived mobile unit of monitoring responsibilities
 
Equipment: AN/FPN-30, T-325C, AM-1700
 
Antenna Type:  
 
Personnel Allowance: 23 JUN 1945 – 7 permanent/ 3 Temporary
 
Station Mascot: 1960 - Ceebee
1967 – Red Dog
1967 – Ralph
1968 - Charlie
1972 - Garbage
Miscellaneous: Monitor Station - Mobile Detachment FOX unit moved to the Philippines upon completion of station.
 
Completion of 1st station 11/23/53, southern part of island
 
1959 station relocated to northern part of island
 
Late 1959 - Entire crew summarily relieved
1960 - Water tanks rebuilt
1962 – Loss of Life – BMC drown – station small boat flipped – 2 station personnel received the CG Gold Life Savings Medal for their efforts 1965 station destroyed by Typhoon OLIVE
 
OCT 1965 - AUG 1966 - Station rebuilt
 
Name changed in 1967
 
Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
CO: UNIT 342 – LCDR Paul A Ortman 23 JUN 1945 – 02 NOV 1945

1st CO: LT Morgan R Wright 23 JUN 1945 – 09 NOV 1945 – MONITOR STATION (Unit 346)
CO: LCDR Paul A Ortman 10 NOV 1945 -

1st CO: LT Ward JUN 1953 – JUN 1954 – TRANSMITTING STATION
CO: LTJG Kreisberg JUN 1954 – APR 1955
CO: LTJG Lewis Hayes APR 1955 – 1956
CO: LTJG Johansen 1959 – 1959
CO: LTJG Oberholtzer 1959 - 1960
CO: LTJG Bruce Jamieson 1960 – 1961
CO: LTJG Otto Koosman 1961 - 1962
CO: LTJG Greg Pennington 1962 – 1963
CO: LTJG David Hough 1963 – 1964
CO: LTJG Jack Whiting 1965 - 1966
CO: LTJG Jack J Soltys 1966 – 1967
CO: LTJG Mack 1968 - 1969
CO: LTJG John J Brown 1969 - 1970
CO: LTJG Fritz Jorgenson 1971 - 1972
CO: LTJG David R Moore 1972 - 1973
CO: LTJG O'Brien 1973 - 1974
CO: LTJG Young 1974 – 1975
CO: LTJG Steve Trenchard 1975 – FEB 1976
CO: LTJG T J Mackell FEB 1976 – APR 1977
Last CO: LTJG Philip Thibault APR 1977 - 1978

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:  OLD   NEW

Documentation:

OPORDER 32-53 - Establishment of ELMO 7, 8 and 9 - (pdf)
07 MAY 1957 - Emergency Avaition Fuel Storage Guidelines - pdf

Pictures

Loran Station Angaur Island

Picture from google earth.

circa  1978 signal power building

Station c./1978

fall 1970 - Angaur International Airport

c./fall 1970 photo taken by SK1 John Goodlett on TAD to the island
Station sign states "LORAN STATION PALAU"
2L1 - 2L2

The following photos were contributed by Don Hollingsworth c./1968

circa 1968 Station front gate

The front gate to the station

circa 1968 - Don Hollingsworth and Rex Brott on a Japanese Tower

Don Hollingsworth and Rex Brott - Japanese Tower

circa 1968 Don in the 3 year old Dodge pickup

Don in the 3 year old Dodge truck

circa 1968 - Don Hollingsworth

Don

circa 1968 - Don Hollingsworth and the station small boat

Don and the station small boat

circa 1968 - Don Hollingsworth and Ralph, the station mascot

Don and Ralph, the station mascot

circa 1968 - Don, John Lyn, Stan, and Oslen ... shipmates

Don, John Lyn, Stan Oslen

circa 1968 - Boat basin

Boat Basin c./Thanksgiving 1968

circa 1968 - Chief Gatlin

Chief Gatlin

circa 1968 - Doc Girard crusing

Doc Girard

circa 1968 - Jesus on a fishing boat

Jesus on fishing boat

circa 1968 - Ltjg John Brown, Commanding Officer

LTjg John Brown (CO)

circa 1968 - Rex at the boat basin

Rex - Boat Basin

circa 1968 - Rex Brott

Rex Brott

circa 1968 - Stan Oslen, John Lyn, and Steve Bayless

Rex Brott & Jack Bonniwett

circa 1968 Oslen, Lyn, Bayless ... shipmates

Stan Oslen, John Lyn, Steve Bayless

circa 1968 - crew with fire cart waiting for plane

The crew waiting for the plane

circa 1968 - The Regina II, Angaur Palau Island

The REGINA II

Thanks Don!

The following photo were contributed by Emilo Garcia c./1960

circa 1960 - WWII Japanese tank as veiwed from CGC Blackhaw

View from CGC BLACKHAW of the inlet

circa 1960 - WWII Japanese Tank on the inlet

Japanese tanks on the inlet

circa 1960 - WWII American  Bomber

A WWII American Bomber

circa 1960 - Mission Church

Mission Church

circa 1960 - Mission Church

Another view of the Mission Church

circa 1960 - Crewmembers sight seeing

Sight seeing

circa 1960 - WWII Japanese Tank remains

WWII Japanese Tank

Thanks Emilo!

The following photos were contributed by Bob Zeller c./1960

circa 1960 - Angaur entrance sign

circa 1960 - Bob Zeller with Ceebee the mascot

Bob with Ceebee

Thanks Bob!