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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
(WGS-72)
24 17 08.026 N 153 58 53.786 E (WGS-84)

Pictures

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

Station Address: FPO 98782

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 TLM– Stainless Inc, Model 1460, 1963 – 1985 3MW
700ft -
1986 1MW

Personnel Allowance:

 

MASCOT 1971 - Skipper
1978 - Chopper
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
OCT 1966 - Typhoon Kathy struck island - station off air
1973 – HM committed suicide.
1977 - Typhoon Ivy
1983 - Typhoon Dinah
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

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 Larry D Brooks 1966 - 1967
CO: LT Mahar 1968 – 1969
CO: LTjg Edward C Cummings 1969 - 1969
CO: LT Parsons 1969 – NOV 1970
CO: LT R S Fish NOV 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 Paul J Tikkanen 1986 - 1987
CO: LTJG Brian Benson 1987 - 1988
CO: LTJG P Paquette 1988 - MAR 1989
CO: LT James N Koshar MAR 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
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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.

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:  OLD  NEW

Documents:

15 JUN 1964 - Logistic Support - pdf

240221Z SEP 75 - State Department S/V FLATBUSH MAN Sunk - pdf

241558Z SEP 75 - State Department S/V FLATBUSH MAN Sunk - 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


Aerial c./1977

Thanks Gus!

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

Aerial

Log Flight Arriving

Log Flight Arriving

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!

The below was contributed by Larry Brooks (CO) c./1966-1967

Marcus Island
white coral triangle one mile on each side

Arrival on USN C-130

NW corner of island with admin building
Note radial scars from ground field installation

First Floor - Admin Building, Galley, Mess Hall, Chief's Quarters, CO Office, CO/XO Quarters
Second Floor - Crews Quarters

Generator room - radio room and shops

Left Generator room - radio room
Center - Admin Building
Right - Fuel Tanks

Ballon shelter and Japanese bunker

US Weather Bureau Balloon shelter

US Weather Bureau crew

Morning Colors

Crew mustered for Change of Command

Change of Command

Sir, I relieve you

Sir, I relieve you

LT Larry Brooks in office

COs pachinko machine

COs Quarters

Base of 1350 ft tower

Tower maintenance crew inspecting tower insulators and guys
Note: man in center of image standing on the guy

Tower maintenance crew inspecting tower

Generator room with waste heat sea water desalinization

Radio Room

Timer room

Typhoon Kathy Oct 1966

All hands clean up of typhoon debris on runway so log flight could land

Two USAF C-130s with repair parts

Chickens for fresh eggs and ducks blown in on the typhoon

Large offshore mooring bouy torn from achor and washed ashore over the concrete wall in background

No power after typhoon so emergency hookup to radios from gasoline welding generator

No power to the galley so cook breakfast on the grill

USCGC KUKUI on annual resupply

USN tanker delivering year supply of fuel

Max Conrad and David Shefler in Piper-Comanche make Emergency landing while on
around the world flight to promote Montreals Expo 1967
We help repair the aircraft

Japanese Cemetery

Japanese Cemetery

NE corner of island with Japanese bunker

West side of island with Japanese harbor

WWII Japanese harbor

WWII Japanese storage bunker

WWII Japanese tank in underground bunker

WWII Japanese tunnel system

Leadership meeting every day after lunch during three mile around the preimeter of island

It got hot during those meetings

It was so hot we had to cool off

Quiet sunset after the storm
Swimming pool for recreation because island does not havve protected lagoon

Station mascot delivered by CO KUKUI

Rats brought to the island by the Japanese before WWII as secondary food supply

Masked Booby

Sooty tern breeding area

Sooty tern and egg

Achilles Tang

Angelfish

Reef shark

Sea star and shrimp

Chief Engineman and his shark

Gaint clams and parrot fish

Examples of coral that we should not have taken

Moorish Idol

USAF C-130 to take me home

Thanks Larry!

 

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