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LORAN STATION WAKE ISLAND
19 18 48.70 N 166 37 17.16 E (1960 Mercury Datum)

Pictures

Fact Sheet

Site Survey:

27 SEP 1948 USCGC KUKUI

Construction Date

Construction started in Oct 1950
New station construction on Peale Is 1958.
Station rebuilt 1959

Constructed by:

 

Established:

16 OCT 1950 - Pre-comm status
1951

Disestablished:

JAN 1978 

Operated by:

USCG

Chain:

MARSHALL

Station Letter designation:

1H1, W

Station code name:

 

Station Unit Number:

 

Station nickname:

 

On-air testing date:

1L0, 24 JAN 1951

Operational date:

1L0, 011300Z MAR 1951 

Operations Ceased:

1H1, 312400Z DEC 1977

Station Operation:

Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)

Station pair:

1L0, 1H1 - ENIWETOK

Loran Rate:

1L0, 1H1 

On-Air:

1L0, 011300Z MAR 1951
1H1, 1970

Off-Air

1L0, 1970
1H1, 312400Z DEC 1977

Monitor Rate:

 

Equipment:

OCT 1950 - T-137A Transmitters

Personnel Allowance:

JAN 1953 LTJG, ETC, 2 ET2, 3 ET3, EN1, 2 SN

Station Mascot 1960s - Hooligan
1975 - Felix (cat)

Miscellaneous:

16 SEP 1952 - Typhoon OLIVE destroyed the station Sta Off Air
Off-air for 15 days, commence xmissions 26 Sept 1952
Peale Island operation commenced AUG 1958
On Peale Is until 1963
4 APR 1975 - 3 SEP 1975 Station Awarded:
USAF Outstanding Unit Award for Operation New Life/New Arrival
USCG Humanitarian Service Award

Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge

CO: LTJG 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 Bill 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

AWARDS:
U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 1975 (pdf)

Supporting Documentation for USCG Humanitarian Service Medal (pdf) 
The above documentation contributed by Rick Findley

DOCUMENTS:

Wake Island 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

Pictures  Click on picture for larger image

Loran Station Wake Island

Picture from google earth.

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

Stories:
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 70's.  
 Thanks Jim!

  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)


T-325/FPN (Transmitter)


New 119-foot LORAN Transmitting tower. Guys are one piece fiberglass rods.


Station boats


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
administrative offices.


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.

Thanks Ed.
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.

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