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LORAN STATION MARCUS
24 17.1N - 153 58.7E (Oct 1, 1964)
24 17 07.700 N 153 58 51.500 E

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Fact Sheet

Site Survey:

JAN 1962

Construction Date

1963 - Construction commenced.
1 Nov 1963 - station commissioned.

Constructed by:

 

Established:

JUL 1963

Disestablished:

30 SEP 1993 - Transfer to Japan

Operated by:

USCG

Chain:

NORTHWEST PACIFIC

Station Letter designation:

SS-3, 9970 – “W”
7930 – “M”

Station code name:

 WING III

Station Unit Number:

14-40178

Radio Call Sign:

NRV-6
N5MV - Ham

Station aka:

White Pearl

On-air testing date:

25 JUL 1963 – SS-3 Normal Star configuration
17 MAR 1964 – SS-3 MARCUS MASTER Chain reconfiguration
21 DEC 1964 – SS-3 Normal Star configuration

Operational date:

21 JAN 1964 

Operations Ceased:

30 SEP 1993

Station Operation:

SS-0, 9970 - Single SLAVE/SECONDARY “WHISKEY”
7930 – Single MASTER

Station pair:

SS-0, 9970 - GESASHI, HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, YAP
7930 - GESASHI, HOKKAIDO, YAP
9970 - GESASHI, HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, BARRIGADA

Loran Rate:

SS-3, 9970, 7930

On-Air:

SS-3 – 21 JAN 1964 - GESASHI, HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, YAP
SS-0 (M) – 25 MAY 1964 - GESASHI, HOKKAIDO
SS-3 – 1 JAN 1965 - GESASHI, HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, YAP
9970 – 25 FEB 1975 - GESASHI, HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, YAP
7930 (M) – 210300Z FEB 1981- GESASHI, HOKKAIDO, YAP
9970 – 310700Z MAR 1981 - GESASHI, HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, YAP
9970 – 1987 - GESASHI, HOKKAIDO, IWO JIMA, BARRIGADA

Off-Air

SS-3 – MAR 1964 – Both Yap and IWO tower failures
SS-0 – 21 DEC 1964 – Tower repaired @ IWO & YAP
SS-3 – 25 FEB 1975 – Change of rate
9970 – 202300Z FEB 1981 – Chain reconfiguration IWO off air
7930 – 310300Z MAR 1981 – Maintenance completed @ IWO
9970 – 1987 – YAP operations transferred to BARRIGADA
9970 – 30 SEP 1993 – Loran C phased out

Monitor Rate:

 

Equipment:

1963 - AN/FPN-45/46, 3.0Mw
1968 - Clarinet Pilgrim installed
1986/87 - Twr replaced with 700 ft
30 SEP 1993 – Station transferred to JAPAN
Transmitter Names: Gretchen & Cynthia

Antenna Type:

1350ft – Stainless Inc, Model 1460, 1963 – 1986/87
700ft -

Personnel Allowance:

 

MASCOT 1971 - Skipper
1984 -
Leonard
1987 Willie Bear & Snitter - passed on

Miscellaneous:

13 AUG 1962 – Site survey declassified
NOV 1962 – Not officially been acquired from the Air Force even though recognition of the transfer has been received.  The Air Navigation Facility (radiobeacon) is an ICAO requirement. The weather facility is an SAC and ICAO requirement.
1963 – Transfer completed – U.S. Weather Bureau personnel will staff the weather station.

MAR 1964 - Chain reconfigured due to Iwo and Yap tower failures
1973 – HM committed suicide.
1977 - Typhoon Ivy
1983 - Typhoon Dinah
30 SEP 1993 - The crew of Coast Guard LORAN Station Marcus Island decommissioned their station and turned it over to the Japanese Maritime Safety Agency.  This was the last station in the Northwest Pacific LORAN chain to be decommissioned and turned over to the Japanese under a 1992 agreement between the U.S. and Japan

Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge

1st CO: LCDR Louis Snell 1962 - 1963
2nd CO: LT Anderson 1963 - 1964
3rd CO: LT William P Leahy 1964 - 1965
4th CO: LT King 1965 - 1966
5th CO: LT Brooks 1966 - 1967
CO: LT Mahar 1968 – 1969
CO: LTjg Edward C Cummings 1969 - 1969
CO: LT Parsons 1969 – 1970
CO: LT Fish 1970 – 1971

CO: LT Daniel D Ryan 1971 - 1972
CO: LTjg Piete 1972 - 1973
CO: LT Ray 1973 - 1974

CO: LT Larry Jasmann 1974 - 1975
CO: LT Alex LeGault 1977 4mos
CO: LT Arthur French 1977 - 1978
CO: LT Jim Dennis 1978 - 1979
CO: LT Tate 1979 – 1980
CO: LT Craig Peterson 1980 -1981
CO: LT John Crowley 1981 - 1982
CO: LT Michael Kopito 1983 - 1984
CO: LT Dwight “Bones” McGee 1984 - 1985
CO: LT Ed Love 1985 - 1986

CO: LT Love 1985 - 1986
CO: LT Paul J Tikkanen 1986 - 1987
CO: LTJG Brian Benson 1987 - 1988
CO: LTJG P. Paquette 1988 - MAR 1989
CO: LT James N Koshar APR 1989 – MAR 1990
CO: LTJG John D. Wood MAR 1990 - APR 1991
CO: LTJG Jerald L. Woloszynski APR 1991 - MAY 1992
CO: LTJG Mike Christian MAY 1992

30 SEP 1994 - The crew of Coast Guard LORAN Station Marcus Island decommissioned their station and turned it over to the Japanese Maritime Safety Agency.  This was the last station in the Northwest Pacific LORAN chain to be decommissioned and turned over to the Japanese under a 1992 agreement between the U.S. and Japan.

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:  OLD  NEW

Documents:

15 JUN 1964 - Logistic Support - pdf

240221Z SEP 75 - State Department Landing of Survivors - pdf

241558Z SEP 75 - State Department Landing of Survivors - pdf

Pictures  Click on picture for larger image

Loran Station Marcus

The shadow shows the Loran Tower is still standing. 
---Joe Jester

Picture from google earth.

Photos below were contributed by Angus MacFeeley


c./1977

Thanks Gus!

Photos below were contributed by Robert Jackson (ENC) c./1965 - 1966

Thanks Robert!


Found on Fred's Place c./1992

The below photo was contributed by Scott Evans c./1980


Weekly softball games with our Japanese friends

Thanks Scott!

Station Hat
Contributed by Don Perillo

Thanks Don!

 

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