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LORAN STATION FOLLY ISLAND

32 41 02.79N – 79 53 13.13W Mar 1949 Op Data Report
32 41 01.86 N 79 53 15.34 W (1960 Mercury Datum)

Fact Sheet:

Site Survey:  

Construction Date  

Constructed by: CONSTRUCTION DET “B” 

Established: JAN 1945 

Disestablished: JAN 1981 

Operated by: USCG 

Chain: US EAST COAST 

Station Letter designation: 3H6, 3L1 “C” 

Station code name:  

Station Unit Number: 361 

Station AKA: FOLLY BEACH 

On-air testing date: 1H2, 17 JAN 1945
1H1, 25 MAR 1945 

Operational date: 11 APR 1945 

Operations Ceased: 31 DEC 1980 

Station Operation: Dual MASTER 

Station pair: 1H1 – BODIE ISLAND
1H2, 1H7 – HOBE SOUND
1H6, 3H6 – CAPE HATTERAS
1H7, 3L1 – JUPITER INLET 

Loran Rate: 1H1, 1H2, 1H6, 1H7, 3L1, 3H6 

On-Air: 1H1 – 11 APR 1945 – BODIE ISLAND
1H2 – 15 MAY 1945 – HOBE SOUND
1H6 – 1949 – CAPE HATTERAS
1H7 – 1949 – HOBE SOUND
1H7 – 021400Z JUL 1962 – JUPITER INLET
3L1 – 1968 – JUPITER INLET
3H6 – 1968 – CAPE HATTERAS 

Off-Air 1H1 – 1949 – BODIE ISLAND
1H2 – 1949 – HOBE SOUND
1H6 – 1968 – CAPE HATERAS
1H7 – 021400Z JUL 1962 – HOBE SOUND
1H7 – 1968 – JUPITER INLET
3L1 – 312400Z DEC 1980 – JUPITER INLET
3H6 – 312400Z DEC 1980 – CAPE HATTERAS 

Monitor Rate:  

Equipment:  1975 - AN/FPN-53, AN/FPN-60, LRE, T-325, AM-1700

Antenna Type: 300ft – Wind Turbine 

Personnel Allowance: Jan 1953 – ETC, ET1, 2 ET2, 4 ET3, CS1, EN2, 4 SN
1 JAN 1954 – ETC, ET1, 2 ET2 

Miscellaneous: SEP 1947 - Hurricane washed out 300ft of Station access road.
1 DEC 1953 - Rate 1H6 Semi-Automation
1968 Xmtr Tower Replaced
1970 - Station Upgrade 

Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge CO: LTJG Charles Sopko 1946 - 30 AUG 1948
OINC: ETC (Z) Carl S Pierce 30 AUG 1948 -
OINC: ETC(P) W G Stepp 1961
Last OINC: ETC Libby 1977 - JAN 1981 

Documents:

30 AUG 1948 - Change of Command Ltr of Relief - pdf
21 JUN 1947 - Retail Merchants Association beach Erosion - pdf
11 JUL 1947 - Retail Merchants Association Beach Erosion OSU reply - pdf
24 JUN 1947 - Retail Merchants Association Beach Erosion to Honorable Rivers - pdf
15 JUL 1947 - Retail Merchants Association Beach Erosion OSU to Chief of Engineering War Department - pdf
30 JUL 1947 - Retail Merchants Association Beach Erosion War Department reply - pdf
15 DEC 1947 - Approach Road- pdf
27 JAN 1948 - Acquisition of additional lands for recommendation - pdf
20 MAR 1949 - Operational Data Report - pdf
05 MAY 1949 - Former Army Property on Folly Island - pdf
13 JUN 1949 - Maintaining a Close Access Entrance Gate - pdf
16 JUN 1949 - Maintaining a Close Access Entrance Gate DCS to COMDT (L) - pdf
16 JUN 1949 - Maintaining a Close Access Entrance Gate DCS reply to station - pdf
28 JUN 1949 - Maintaining a Close Access Entrance Gate COMDT OSU-L-Planning-Endorsement - pdf
07 JUL 1949 - Maintaining a Close Access Entrance Gate COMDT Approval - pdf
06 SEP 1949 - Bid for erection 300 ft tower -pdf
222253Z NOV 1950 - Flood Elevation Msg - pdf
07 APR 1953 - 2nd endorsement for new barracks -pdf
21 APR 1953 - AC&I 07-33304 and 07-33302-Garages - pdf
18 NOV 1953 - Personnel Allowance Change 36-54 - pdf

Pictures

Loran Station Folly Island from Google Earth
Photo from Google earth

The following photos were contributed by Steve Sopko
LTJG Charles Sopko - Commanding Office 1946 - 1949

LORSTA Folly Island Barracks, circa 1946

Lorsta Folly Island Aerial View, circa 1946

Folly Beach Timer Room circa 1946-1949

Folly Beach Timer Room circa 1946-1949
Ltjg Charles Sopko (CO) and watchstander

Loran Station Folly Beach circa 1946

Loran Hut and Antenna field circa 1946

Loran Station Folly Beach Station House circa 1946

Folly Beach Station Office, circa 1946

Folly Beach Station House circa 1946

Folly Beach Station Support Building c./1946

Thanks Steve!

The below photos from Mar 1949 Operational Data Report
Located in NARA Washington, DC files
(U.S. Coast Guard official photos)

Station Entrance Sign circa 1949

Station Entrance Sign

Station road circa 1949

Station Road

Station buildings circa 1949

Building 1 & 2 extreme right, Building 12 on left
Building 1 Store Room
Building 2 Station power & water
Building 12 RACON Tower - 5 stories

Station Buildings circa 1949

Buildings 3, 4 & 5
Building 3 - Office, Mess Hall, Galley, Laundry, Crew Qtrs
Building 4 - Recreation Room - front to the rear was the pool table
Building 5 - General Stores & Carpenter Shop

view of station and antenna field  circa 1949

Another view of the station

store room and station power room circa 1949

Building 1 & 2
Building 1 - Store Room
Building 2 - Station Power and Water supply

entrance to Office, mess hall, galley circa 1949

Entrance to Building 3
Office, Mess Hall, Galley, Laundry, Crew Qtrs

building 3 side view circa 1949

Building 3 Side View
Office, Mess Hall, Galley, Laundry, Crew Qtrs

building 4 recreation room circa 1949

Building 4 - Recreation Room - front to the rear was the pool table

building 5 general stores and carpentry shop circa 1949

Building 5 - General Stores and Carpenter Shop

Building 6 Fire Station circa 1949

Building 6 - Fire Station

Building 7 Paint Locker circa 1949

Building 7 - Paint Locker

Building 8 garage circa 1949

Building 8 - Garage

Loran area circa 1949

Buildings 9 & 10 in foreground & Building 11
Building 9 - Electronics Store-room
Building 10 - Technicians Sleeping Qtrs
Building 11 - LORAN Equipment Hut

building 11 - Loran equipment hut circa 1949

Building 11 - LORAN Equipment Hut

building 11 and antenna field circa 1949

Building 11 - LORAN Equipment Hut  and Antenna System

Station receiving antenna circa 1949

Station Receiving Antenna

Building 12 Racon Tower circa 1949

Building 12 - RACON Tower - 5 stories

Roadway departing station circa 1949

Roadway departing the station

Station roadway washed out by Sep 1947 Hurricane

Roadway washed out by Sep 1947 Hurricane

The following photos was contributed by Phil Sorenen C./1962 and 2007

Folly Beach 1962

Folly Beach town 1962

Main gate 1962

Station Entrance 1962

Station 1962

Station 1962

Station 1962

Station 1962

Station Entrance 1962

Station Entrance 2007

Station Road 2007

Station Road 2007

All that remains

remains of the loran station circa 2007

What is left

Aerial View 2007

Aerial View 2007

Thanks Phil!