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LORAN STATION KARGABARUN

040 58 .3 N 027 52.1 E (OCT. 01, 1964)
040 58 20.950 N 027 52 01.520 E (WGS-72)
040 58 21.066 N 027 52 02.074 E (WGS-84)

Fact Sheet:

Site Survey: MAR 1958
 
Construction Date

22 AUG 1958 - Construction commenced
12 FEB 1959 - Station completed
25 FEB 1959 - USCG accepted

Second Phase:
FEB - SEP 1961 - Transmitter Building; addition to barracks; hamd/basket court and Fire sustem revamped.
 

Constructed by: 1959 -Melcaft-Hamilton-Grove Construction Co.
1961 - Turkish Construction Co. ($625,000USD)
Established:
Commissioned:

17 FEB 1959
Disestablished: 23 JUL 1993 - Decommissioned
01 SEP 1993 - Disestablished
021300Z DEC 1994 - Station transferred to the Government of Turkey
 
Operated by: 1959 - 02 SEP 1994 - USCG
02 SEP 1994 Station transferred to G.O.T.
Chain: MEDITERRANEAN
 
Station Letter designation: 1959 - 1967 "X"
1967 - 1993 "Y"
 
Station code name: Chain Code Name: TACK
Station: TACK II
 
Station Unit Number:
Address:
96-40113
APO NEW YORK 09380
Radio Call Sign:
 
Station aka: TARGABARUN; TUSLOG DET 52
 
On-air testing date: SL-4 (X) - 01 FEB 1959 - low power
7990 (Y) - 112132Z OCT 1978
 
Chain Declared Operational: 250000Z MAR 1959
 
Operations Ceased: 25 FEB 1993 - Tower collapsed caused by icing
 
Station Operation: Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)
SL-4 (X)
SL-1; 7990 (Y)
Station pair:

1959 - 1962 SL-4 (X) SIMERI CRICHI(M); MATRATIN(Y)
1962 - 1967 SL-4 (Y) SIMERI CRICHI(M); MATRATIN(X); ESTARTIT(Z)
1967 - 1970 SL-1 (Y) SIMERI CRICHI(M); MATRATIN(X); ESTARTIT(Z)
1970 - 1972 SL-1 (Y) SIMERI CRICHI(M); ESTARTIT(Z)
1972 - 1975 SL-1 (Y) SIMERI CRICHI(M); LAMPEDUSA(X); ESTARTIT(Z)
1975 - 1978 7990 (Y) SIMERI CRICHI(M); LAMPEDUSA(X); ESTARTIT(Z)
1978 - 1993 7990 (Y) SELLIA MARINA(M); LAMPEDUSA(X); ESTARTIT(Z)

 

Loran Rate: SL-4; SL-1, 7990
 
On-Air: SL-1 (X) - 25 MAY 1959 - Chain declared operational
SL-1 (Y) - 1962 - ESTARTIT (Z) added to chain
SL-4 (Y) - 1967
7990 (Y) - 25 FEB 1975
7990 (Y) - 121530Z OCT 1978
 
Off-Air

SL-1 (X) - 1962 - Change of station designator
SL-1 (Y) - 1967 - Change of chain rate
SL-4 (Y) - 25 FEB 1975 - Change of chain rate
7990 (Y) - 290900Z JUL 1975 - Disagreement between the Government of Turkey and the U.S.
7990 (Y) - 25 FEB 1993 - Tower collapsed

 

Monitor Rate: 1959 - Baseline Monitor
 
Equipment: 01 FEB 1959 - AN/FPN-38/39 sn: 3 & 6; 240KW
1976 - AN/FPN-54 sn: 20; AN/FPN-60 sn:29; LRE installed - 200KW
1986 - AN/FPN-39 Modified - 165KW
 
Anteena: 625ft TLM - Stainless Inc, Model 1100 - 1959 - 25 FEB 1993
25 FEB 1993 - Tower collapsed at 18:33 local time under heavy snow fall
Personnel Allowance: 1967 - 1 Officer; 1 RELE; 19 Enlisted
 
Mascots: 1969 - Bonnie & Clyde (Donkeys)
1969 - Beano, Bear, Buke (Dogs)
Miscellaneous:

There was misidentification of the station name. In the 17 MAR 1959 Survey, the name was spelled as KARA BURUN and 1959 - 1978 the station was known as TARGABARUN. In 1978 the name was changed to KARGABARUN.

The 1959 survey also highly recommended TUSLOG DET 52 for thee unit identification under the 1954 Facilities agreement.

16 FEB 1960 - Site survey declassified.

SEP 1961 - The transmitter were moved from the Signal Power building to the new transmitter building.

1964 - CO shot himself (Dear John letter from spouse)

29 JUL 1975 - 12 OCT 1978 Station off-air because of the U.S. Arms embargo

25 FEB 1993 at 18:33 local time - the Tower collapsed because of icing

021300Z SEP 1994 - Station transferred to Government of Turkey
 

Commanding Officers /
 Officers in Charge

Commanding Officers:

1959 - 1960 LT Charles H. Sanders
1960 - 1961
1961 - 1962
1963 - 1964 LT John F. Otranto
1964 - 1965
1965 - 1966 LTJG James A. Umberger
1967 - 1968
1968 - 1969 LTJG Radford P. Rogers
1969 - 1970 LTJG John J. Powers
1970 - 1971
1971 - 1972
1972 - 1973 LTJG J. G. Miho
1973 - 1974 LTJG Harper
1974 - 1975 LTJG Whitaker
1975 - 1976 LTJG William B. Wittmeyer
1976 - 1977 LTJG Crawford (? - JUL)
1977 - 1978 LTJG Rob Turner (JUL - JUL)
1978 - 1979
1979 - 1980 LTJG Steven Swamson
1980 - 1981 LTJG Brian J. Ford
1981 - 1982 LTJG C. L. Dubay
1982 - 1983
1983 - 1984 LTJG Robin Voiles (? - JUL)
1984 - 1985 LTJG Kurt B. Hinricks (JUL - JUL)
1985 - 1986 LTJG Mark Higgins (JUL - ?)
1986 - 1987 LTJG Clem Ketchum
1987 - 1988 LTJG Dean Bruckner
1988 - 1989 LTJG Barry B. Compagnoni
1989 - 1990 LTJG Christian C. Faly
1990 - 1991 LTJG Reynaldo Quiroz (? - JUN)
1991 - 1992 LTJG Roger N. Wykle (JUN - ?)
1992 - 1993 LTJG J. L. Rosario (? - 23 JUL) (Last CO)
1993 LTJG Thomas Thomson (Training Officer)
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD NEW

Awards:

Southwest Asia Service Medal (SWASM)

1. Defense of Saudi Arabia - 2 August 1990 - 16 January 1991
2. Liberation and Defense of Kuwait - 17 January 1991 - 11 August 1991
3. Southwest Asia Cease-fire - 12 April 1991 - 30 November 1995

MEDALS AND AWARDS MANUAL
COMDTINST M1650.25D
05 MAY 2008

9. Southwest Asia Service Medal (SWASM)
a. Eligibility Requirements: Awarded to military personnel in designated areas of operation as follows: The SWASM may be authorized for wear by members of the Coast Guard who have served in one or more of the following areas on or after 2 August 1990 to 30 November 1995: the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north 10 N latitude and west of 68 longitude, as well as the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Individuals serving in Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Syria and Jordan, including airspace and territorial waters, between 17 January 1991 and 30 November 1995 are also eligible for award of this medal.

Thanks to Jerry Beasley for pointing this out.

Our LORAN signal was used by the ground troops. Several times we were ordered to ceaseany routine maintenance that would affect the signal strength (no transmitters switches, etc.)
-Jerry Beasley

The Coast Guard Restricted Ribbon

Coast Guard Unit Commendation

31 MAR 1984 - 22 APR 1985

Coast Guard Meritorious Ribbon

01 MAY 1982 - 30 APR 1983

01 OCT 1992 - 13 SEP 1993

Documents:

State Department Communications:

01 JUL 1967 - General Information Book - pdf

310620Z AUG 74 - Negotiations MTG May 24, 1974 Communications and Electronics - pdf

120920Z AUG 74 - GOT refusal to approve changes to U.S. Installations/Operations until IA's signed - pdf

290025Z JUL 75 - Special Number Three Telegraphic Summary - pdf

300040Z JUL 75 - Restrictions on U. S. Military Activities Kargabarun and Izmir - pdf

302237Z JUL 75 - Cease Transmissions - pdf

171545Z AUG 75 - GOT Restrictions on Military Activities Situation Report as of 1700 Hours Local AUG 7th - pdf

090845Z AUG 75 - Training at Loran Station - pdf

091535Z DEC 77 - U.S. Turkish Defense Cooperation Kargabarun Loran Station - pdf

29 APR 1990 - PCB Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plan - pdf

16 MAY 1993 - TABA Tower Failure Report - pdf

 

Pictures:

Joe Rush Photos 1959 - 1960

Robert M. Brady 1969-70 Movie (Large file 73.7Mbs)

 

Carl Burkhart contributed this photo taken from top of the tower

Thanks Carl!

Photo below was contributed by Bob Mudge c./1973

Thanks Bob!

Photo below were contributed by Jim Umberger (CO 1965/66)

Sea of Marmara
Gelibolu WWII Memorial

Thanks Jim!

November 8, 1969 Stars and Strips News Article

February 26, 1993 Stars and Strips News Article