LORAN STATION CONSON
08 43 N 106 38 E
8 43 19.79 N 106 37 52.03 E Building Site - provided by Chris Dailey
|Construction Date||APR 1966 – construction started
|Constructed by:||Materials delived by USCGC NETTLE
Chicago Bridge and Iron Construction
R.M.K. Co. - contruction of brick and cremet buildings
|Established:||2 SEP 1966 - Commissioned
|Disestablished:||30 APR 1975
|Station Letter designation:||S-3, SH-3 “Y”
|Station code name:||
|Station Unit Number:||
|Radio Call Sign:||NPB2
|On-air testing date:||8 SEP 1966
|Declared Operational date:||280400 OCT 1966
|Operations Ceased:||29 APR 1975
|Station Operation:||S-3, SH-3 YANKEE
|Station pair:||S-3 - LAMPANG, SATAHIP
SH-3 - LAMPANG, SATAHIP, TAN MY
|Loran Rate:||S-3, SH-3
|On-Air:||S-3, 280400Z OCT 1966 - LAMPANG, SATAHIP
SH-3, 1969 - LAMPANG, SATAHIP, TAN MY
|Off-Air||S-3, 1969 - TAN MY added to the chain
SH-3, 291246Z APR 1975 – US pull out from Vietnam
|Equipment:||AN/FPN-44/46, AN/GSH-8, Rubidium standard
Transmitters located in the S/P building
|Antenna Type:||625ft TLM – Trylon, Model 6000s, 1966 – Apr 1975
|Mascot||1968 - Randy|
|Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
|1st CO: LCDR Ralph W Judd 1966 - 1967
CO: LCDR L R McDowell 1968 - 1969
CO: LT Michael Bell 1970 - 1971
1966 Unit Commendation Ribbon
Fred's Place Reunion Hall:
View from Google Earth
The following photos were contributed by Michael Phuta c./1968-69
Con Son Toilet
1968 Christmas Card was provided by Larry Sheran
The below photos were contributed by Rod Christian c./1966-67
Station entrance sign
Station crew inspection
Tower looking up from the base
Aerial view of station
EM1 Ken Schuller c./1968-69 shared his experiences while serving in Vietnam
My Time At Con Son RVN by (Former EM1) Ken Schuller
After a MAC flight from Travis AFB in California I arrived at the 'Armpit of Southeast Asia' Ton Son Nhut AFB in Saigon along with ET3 Tom Georges who went through the Alameda transit station together.
First stop was the transit barracks at Ton Son Nhut where I never sweated so much taking a shower. While we were sitting on our bunks I noticed a lot women (mama sons) in the barracks. Lots of guys came out of the showers with just a towel over their shoulders walking to their bunks and I let them know that there were women in here. They replied back ---You're new in country aren't you.
The next day we went down the sirstrip to the 19th Air Commandors who flew us to our final destination on C123's. They were the main suppliers of our necessities. They usually flew in twice a week with mail and supplies and we treated the flight crew well. We cooked up a great lunch for them when they arrived. When they found out that we only got powered milk some of their deliveries ended up with us, so we had real milk from then on. A great bunch of guys. When I came back from R&R I stayed the night in their barracks and they had a outdoor movie screen strung between the barracks and had beer and showed porno movies. A wild bunch!
Con Son was infamously known as Tiger Cagee Island as many prisoners were treated to the inhumane treatment. It is a pretty small island and US forces were limited to the Loran station, a small Navy radar site (maybe a complement of six), Army DECCA site with about the same and three Seabees were pretty much homorary coasties as they only had a small hut on the beach by the tiny airstrip for sleeping but used our base for everything else and gave a hand when we needed dozers and backhoes to do any work. The DECCA site shut down at the end of '68.
We were all restricted to our side of the island and forbidden to cross over the ridge where the main town/prison was. There was a small Vietnamese trustee camp on our side and several of the inmates worked at our station.
One event that stands out is one of our SNET's was on mid-watch and out of boredom went to one of these teletypes and types F&$K-It over and over. Unfortunately he didn't realize it was online. That morning our CO McDowell had a lot to explain as it was sent to COMSEASEC.
LCDR McDowell (CO) showing how much weight he has lost with a
Burmese Python that the locals caught
Ken with the same
Randy our mascot
McDowell with Santa (EN1 Cutting)
Ken with Santa
'Jake' Jakobczyk with Santa
Girls from the village for Charistmas
Mike 'Loose' Fortner with a pin the boobs his mother sent him
Ken and Fortner "The Crown Royale Kids"
The west tip showing the coral reef and beach with the Navy radar site
Aerial view more to the right with the beach and air strip
Looking north the station is in the center and ARVN trustee camp lower left
Con Son Village
Air Commando C123 taking off with Embassy plane on tarmac. On Saturdays
the Embassy plane came with mostly female workers to enjoy the beach.
Seabee Dave Davis and Ken
EN2 Houston, DC2 Farnell and Seabee Al Alama
Roughed in road to the new radar site
Trying to dig a new well when ours started to dry up during a dought
l to r: Houston, some engineer, Alama and ENC Schramski
That didn't go as planned!!
Ken paralleling generators for Transmitter switch
Main base with galley on the left and Officer/CPO quarters on the right from sidewalk
Airstrip and main beach. Amry DECCA was to lower right of the airstrip near
the bottom. This was pretty much the only area we were allowed.
Airstrip viewing to the south
Loran base looking north. Road went over mountain pass to Con Son
Another view of the station
Loran room (transmitter section-Bill)
l to r: ET3 Martin, ET3 Jake and ET2 Kelly -- "I don't Know--What is IT?"
Another View (This is the timer room section-Bill)
Below station patches were located on Fred's Place