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LORAN STATION KWAJALEIN
09 01 16N – 167 43 45E (1948 Op Data Report KWADACK)
08 46 25.59 N 167 44 19.11 E

Pictures

Fact Sheet

Site Survey:

 

Construction Date

KWADACK: JUL-SEP 1944
16 DEC 1944 - Station commissioned and turnover to 14th District
EBEYE – Station rebuilt JUL 1954, completed 7 DEC 1954
EBEYE -Station rehabilitation in 1967, completed in July 1967

Constructed by:

CONSTRUCTION DET “A” – KWADACK

Established:

KWADACK – SEP 1944
EBEYE – 16 OCT 1950 – pre-commission status
EBEYE – FEB 1951

Disestablished:

KWADACK – FEB 1951
EBEYE – 31 DEC 1977

Operated by:

USCG

Chain:

MARSHALL ISLANDS

Station Letter designation:

2L2 “K”
1H2 “Y”

Station code name:

 

Station Unit Number:

1944 - CG Unit 82
1950 - CG Unit 14-350-555

Navy Unit 824

Address: Box 21, San Francisco CA 96355

Radio Call Sign:

 

Station aka:

KWAJALEIN ATOLL, EBEYE ISLAND,  KWADACK, AUGUSTINE ISLAND

On-air testing date:

2L2 – 28 SEP 1944 - MAJURO
1L1 – 24 JAN 1951 - ENIWETOK

Operational date:

2L2 – 25 NOV 1944
1L1 – 011300Z MAR 1951 

Operations Ceased:

1H2 – 312400Z DEC 1977

Station Operation:

Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)

Station pair:

2L2 – MAJURO
1L1, 1H2 - ENIWETOK

Loran Rate:

2L2, 2L1, 1H2 

On-Air:

2L2, 25 NOV 1944 – MAJURO
1L1, 011300Z MAR 1951 – ENIWETOK
1H2, 1970 - ENIWETOK

Off-Air

2L2, 01 FEB 1951 Station relocated to EBEYE
1L1, 1970 – Change of rate
1H2, 312400Z DEC 1977 – Loran A phased out

Monitor Rate:

 

Equipment:

OCT 1950 - T-137A Transmitters

Personnel Allowance:

JAN 1953 – LTJG, ETC, ET1, 4 ET3, CS1, EN1, EN2, FN, SN

Station Mascot: 1949 - Bill (Monkey)
1966 - Bruno, Benjo, Halfshot (dogs)
1968 - Bruno, Bridgett pups Monkey & Banana
1975 - Monkey, Ethel (dogs)

Miscellaneous:

1944 - 1st station located on Kwadack Is
16 AUG 1945 - DC to AC completed
1950 – Station relocated to Ebeye Island
020800Z DEC 1950 - On air testing for short periods
March 1953 Hydrogen bomb test
1967 – Name changed

Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge

Kwadack Island
1944 - Bos’n James Santee OINC of Contruction Detail

1st CO: LTJG Lamont A Freeman 14 AUG 1944 – 1945
CO: LTJG Francis X Closter 1945 – 27 APR 1946
CO: LT Charles Henter 27 APR 1946 – 6 JUL 1946
OINC: MoMM1/c B. F. Jones 6 JUL 1946 – 17 JUL 1946 (Acting)
CO: ENS/LTJG Neilus A. Spears 17 JUL 1946 – 14 APR 1947
CO: LTJG John Yurick 14 APR 1947 – 1 OCT 1947
CO: CETMZ Carl S Pierce 1 OCT 1947 – 13 OCT 1947 (medical)
OINC: RE H. W. Banner 13 OCT 1947 – 24 NOV 1947 (Acting)
CO: CRE U. R. Suttie 24 NOV 1947

CO: LTJG L. D. High 1948
CO: LTJG Richard M. Underwood ? – 2 SEP 1950
EBEYE Island
1st CO: ENS/LTJG Virgil W. Rhinehart 2 SEP 1950 - MAY 1951
2nd CO: LTJG Ricardo A Ratti MAY 1951 - JUN 1952
3rd CO: LTJG Hugh G Wyatt  JUN 1952 - 1953

CO: ENS Robert L. Tremain  1953 - 1954
CO: LTJG F. C. Sponholtz  1954 - 1955
CO: LTJG Robert C Chanaud  1955 - 1956
CO: LTJG Allan A Landry  1956 - 1957
CO: LTJG John R Erickson  1957 - 1958
CO: LTJG Donald L Frantz  1958 - 1959
CO: LTJG James H Costich  1959 - 1960
CO: LTJG Clyde C Atkins  1960 - 1961
CO: LTJG Wayne E Rentfro  1961 - 1962
CO: LTJG James F Meade  1962 - 1963
CO: LTJG William S Haight  1963 - 1964
CO: LTJG Robert M Pochman  1964 - 1965
CO: LTJG James V O'Neill  1965 - 1966
CO: LTJG Randy Peterson 1968 - 1969
CO: LTJG Ron Dale APR 1970 - APR 1971
CO: LTJG James R. Reisz APR 1971 - 1972
CO: LTJG William S. Ingersoll  1974 - 1975

Last CO: LTJG Richard M Sebek 1977 - 1978

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:  Old1  Old2  New1  New2

Documents:

Osmond R Cummings Reflections - Dec 1944
18 OCT 1948 - Operational Data Report - pdf
15 NOV 1948 - Land Agreement Memo - pdf
10 DEC 1948 - D14 lease ltr to HQs - pdf

26 DEC 1950 - Transfer of control to Military Command Com 14 msg - pdf
10 FEB 1950 - Budget/Approval for Ham Radio Equipment - pdf
15 MAY 1950 - T-137A Budget Request - pdf
25 MAY 1950 - Proj 615-50 Funding - pdf
04 JUL 1950 - Transfer of Funds msg - new construction on Ebeye - pdf
19 AUG 1950 - Ebeye Construction Approval msg - pdf

02 SEP 1950 - CoC ltr of relief - pdf
09 OCT 1950 - Ebeye Pre-commission ltr - pdf
10 JUN 1959 - Army/Navy MOU - pdf
182356Z NOV 77 - State Department Micronesian Status Negotiations - pdf

Pictures  Click on picture for larger image

Loran Station Kwajalein (Ebeye Island)

Picture from google earth.

Loran Station Kwajalien circa 1970

Loran Station Kwajalein circa 1970
Circa 1970

The below photo were located at NARA Washington, DC
USCG Official Photos


Kwadack c./ Sep 1944


Kwadack c./ May 1946


Kwadack c./Feb 1948


Ebeye - unloading construction supplies c./Apr 1950

Photo below contributed by A. A. Rossi c./1964


Standing next to a WWII Japanese gun

Thanks Al!

 

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