LORAN STATION WAKE ISLAND
19 18 48.70 N 166 37 17.16 E (1960 Mercury Datum)
27 SEP 1948 – USCGC KUKUI
in Oct 1950
New station construction on Peale Is 1958.
Station rebuilt 1959
||16 OCT 1950 - Pre-comm
|Station Letter designation:
|Station code name:
|Station Unit Number:
||APO SF 96501
|On-air testing date:
||1L0, 24 JAN 1951
||1L0, 011300Z MAR
||1H1, 312400Z DEC
||1L0, 1H1 - ENIWETOK
||1L0, 011300Z MAR
1H1, 312400Z DEC
1950 - T-137A Transmitters
JAN 1953 – LTJG, ETC, 2 ET2, 3 ET3, EN1, 2 SN
1960s - Hooligan
1975 - Felix (cat)
1952 - Typhoon OLIVE destroyed the station Sta Off Air
Off-air for 15 days, commence xmissions
26 Sept 1952 - Station on-air
AUG 1958 - Peale Island operation commenced
On Peale Is until 1963
4 APR 1975 - 3 SEP 1975 Station Awarded:
USAF Outstanding Unit Award for Operation New Life/New
USCG Humanitarian Service Award
|Commanding Officers / Officers in
Thomas J Collins SEP 1952 – SEP 1953
CO: LT Marshall K Phillips 1955
CO: LTJG Charles "Bud" Mathieu MAR 1956 – MAR 1957
CO: LTJG Jim Fournier MAR 1957 – APR 1958
CO: LTJG Jim Rooney 1959 - 1960
CO: LTJG J William Kime 1960 - 1961
CO: LTJG Ed Case 1962 - 1963
CO: LTJG Eugene J Hickey 1963 - 1964
CO: LTJG Waustnek 1964 - 1965
CO: LTJG Brian Richards 1965 - 1966
CO: LTJG Raymond Pratte 1968 - 1970
CO: LTJG Ted Musselman 1971 - 1972
CO: LTJG Grisswald 1973 - 1974
CO: LTJG Robert D Innes 1974 - 1975
CO: LTJG Bruce Austin 1975 - 1976
CO: LTJG Mike M. Blume 1976 - 1977
Last CO: LTJG F. M. Rosa 1977
U.S. Air Force Outstanding
Unit Award 1975 (pdf)
Supporting Documentation for USCG
Humanitarian Service Medal (pdf)
The above documentation contributed by Rick Findley
Memorial - pdf
15 MAY 1950 - T-137A Budget Request - pdf
29 MAY 1950 - Budget Req Construction of Station - pdf
16 JUN 1950 - Comdt Construction Dispatch to D14 - pdf
17 JUN 1950 - Construction Msg - pdf
09 OCT 1950 - Pre-comm Notication - pdf
30 OCT 1950 - Antenna Relocation Msg - pdf
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Station Mascot Hooligan
The below photos
were contributed by Jim Rooney Jr. c./1959
Jim Rooney (CO) and BMC Luther
Ferguran (Station Chief)
CO's Quarters and Office
1. In 1959, the station's mascot was an older dog named "Lucky".
When my father asked why the name, the answer was that he was the
grandfather of most (if not all) of the dogs on Wake Island. :-))
2. Behind the CO's quarters was an old Japanese bunker. They dug out
the bunker and located quite a few supplies including a 55-gal drum
of white paint. They ended up painting all the station buildings,
considerably sprucing up the station from the previous unpainted
concrete. Later that year the District Commander came around and was
convinced that someone smuggled by air (at considerable cost) the
paint to the island.
Reconstruction of the station was at least
several years prior to 1959. Can't remember exactly when.
First iteration at Wake was destroyed by a typhoon which occurred
about 1950. The concrete pad floor of the first quonset type
construction we converted to an outdoor movie area. We had
lots of "legitimate" deals going on that truly served the purpose of
morale. For the year I was there the loran efficiency
increased every month to a high 99+percentage. Wonderful tour.
Fantastic crew. BMC Luke Furgeron was a truly competent high
performer as XO. Probably the best command I every had. I
should write a book. Made great friends in the CG and out. I
wish I could go back to see Peale, Wake and Wilkes again.
Loran Station Wake Island and Eniwetok were
Loran-A slaves to Kwajalein which functioned as the Master station.
Wake received 7 NMPX movies every week on the Navy SAR aircraft that
flew up from "Kwaj" every Saturday to exchange crew and aircraft.
We received the U.S. Mail six days each week, and had permission
(like many) to operate on the ham radio band with our ham licensed
ham Chief ET. That was good for about six months of the year.
With the Vietnam build up passenger carrying prop-driven aircraft
were landing pretty much around the clock for a fuel and feed stop
before continuing to Japan and other Asian points west. The
first Pan-Am 707 jet landed about a month or so before I was
relieved. Years later I discovered that the same 707 jet
engines were also on the CGC DALLAS I commanded later on in the
The below photos were contributed by Ed Stewart c./1971
L to R: SP Building, CP/XPO Office (old CO's quarters)
and end of barracks (closed in early 70)
Prisoner of War Rock - Message inscribed by one of the 98 civilian
prisoners being held by the Japanese (5-10-43). All were later executed.
Approach to RWY 10 PAWK (Wake). Taken from the flight deck
of a Navy P-3 that I conned into taking me on patrol with them (after
all, their guys had been our guests, and we'd be taking 'em water skiing
for several weeks).
One of the more 'colorful' aircraft visiting Wake. A NC-121K, employed in
'Project Magnet' (mapping the geomagnetic field of the earth in certain areas
(a Navy / NASA project). The were both Loran A & C users.
Same aircraft, VXN-8 (squadon) was out of Patuxtant River NAS, Maryland.
'Windy Palace' FAA outdoor movie theater
Part of the 'rain catch' area. No potable ground water on Wake. All drinking
water came from the sky.
The sign says it all. 'The Store', an exchange. hardware store, convenience
store and liquor store, rolled into one.
WWII U.S. Marine Corps monument
Sign on Peale Island
CG beach and lanai. One of the station recreation boats in forefround.
Rec boat again
FAA housing utilized by CG personnel. All were duplexes and quite nice.
Civilian re-supply ship. HHG's, POV's, etc...
Think it's the one our HHG's arrived on.
Soft-ball field, SP building, DC shop, garage and water storage tanks.
The AN/FPN-30's (Timing Equipment)
New 119-foot LORAN Transmitting tower. Guys are one piece fiberglass rods.
Looking toward old barracks (closed) and generator fuel tank.
Signal Power Building and one of the station's Dodge M37 trucks.
Street-side view of the Wake Island passenage terminal and FAA
Bowling alley and Al Ching's restaurant. Some of the best fried rice
in the world to be had there. Only privately owned enterprise on the island.
Causeway / bridge from Wake to Peale Island. Looking toward Wake.
USAF Military Airlift Command compound in background.
Note: Ed and I spend approximately seven months on Iwo Jima together - never a mention of this pradise -
however being green and new to the program I would of never believe it anyway being on Iwo.