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Welcome to Loran-History.info
In memory of ETC Joe Jester

These pages remember the Coast Guardsmen, who served aboard Loran-A, Loran-C stations, and other Loran billets worldwide. These dedicated Coasties are but a few who provided radio navigation signals to millions of navigators. These pages wouldn't exist except through the efforts of MCPO Bill Dietz, USCG(ret). Bill has spent numerous hours for over a score of years collecting the information you find here.

If you wish to add your information to the database, just fill out the Contact us form. Bill or I will update the list.

We are looking for pictures and stories.  If you wish to contribute, please Contact Us. Look in your spam/junk mail for a reply.

 Joe (February 13, 1953 - November 15, 2020)

This will the seventeenth year for Loran-History. Over the years, there have been numerous adventures among web design changes, research trips, conferences and meeting loran folks either at the conferences or over the internet. The concept of this site was to inform those and family the loran history. I have and still enjoy the conversations with all and sharing information.

Wishing all the best for 2023 - Bill

Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2023, NDAA CG Military Retiree Pay

From the desk of CWO4 Bob Hinds (ret)

CGNRC/RRCs: Please strongly encourage CG military retirees & annuitants in your AOR to support enactment of H.R.2693 - Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2023 https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/2693/text?s=1&r=1&q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Pay+the+Coast+Guard+Act%22%5D%7D into law through their U. S. Senators/Representatives.   Thanks go to BOSN2 Randy Reid, USCG (Ret), and BMCS Jon Ostrowski, USCG (Ret), for their continued leadership and tireless efforts with the CG CPOA and The Military Coalition (TMC) to get this legislation signed into law. 

 CG Military Retiree Pay is now covered by the DoD Military Retirement Fund (MRF), as described at  https://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/Documents/afr/fy2022/DoD_Components/2022_AFR_MRF.pdf   While the execution of retired pay is still managed by CG PPC, CG participation in the MRF provides an additional level of assurance that retired pay can continue to be executed during a potential future government shut down.   The Coast Guard Retired Pay appropriation still provides for retired medical payments for Tricare and DoD services.   Thanks go to the TMC, CPOA, MOAA, VFW, and other military coalition groups for getting this legislation signed into the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – BZ!   I plan to include this good news in The Long Blue Line, Summer (Jul) 2023.



Is there Loran items you have that need a home - I have such a home for documents, photos, rosters, manauls, Register of CG Officers or anything else related to loran. Please use contact us to send a short list of items that you would like to find a home for.


McMullen Naval History Symposium LORAN presentation


In the next couple months the site will reorganize and some links will not be working. Should you get a page error (HTTP Error 404 - Not Found) using a previous bookmark please go to the home page and select the web page you desire.

31 JUL 2022: Today the Personnel Roster surpassed 20,000 line entries. Please review and should there be an error or you named does not appear send your info via contact us. The roster is for PCS orders, not TAD. There are numerous reasons for TAD such as visits, installation and construction crews or the station just needed assistance.


NEW APR 6, 2023 Mike Lapinskas passed this along for those who served in Vietnam, Thailand, Guam and Johnston Is.

The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, known as the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 (aka: PACT ACT) has added several conditions to the Presumptive Conditions List for VA Disabilities.  The Act has also added locations to the listing and some of these may be applicable to LORAN Veterans. For example Johnston Atoll has been added to the list - Jan 1, 1972 to Sept 30, 1977 (including on ship)    

A presumptive condition means that the VA automatically presumes that certain disabilities were caused by military service. This is because of the unique circumstances of a specific Veteran’s military service. If a presumed condition is diagnosed in a Veteran within a certain group, they can be awarded disability compensation. When this is awarded enrollment in the VA Health will be completed. 

Please share this important information with your fellow shipmates and veterans so that they may have the information needed to make informed decisions.

The best advice is to contact your county, national organization, or state Veteran Service Officer for more information or to file a claim for Service Connected Disabilities.

Received this update from Bob Hinds CG Retiree Services Program Manager (CG-13)

For those CG Veterans/Retirees who served at LORAN Station Eniwetok Atoll.

The VA continues in efforts to study potential radiological effects of atomic testing and cleanup of Eniwetok Atoll. The administration reminds all Veterans to talk to their health care professional and file a claim with the VA if they believe they have health issues related to radiological exposure at Eniwetok Atoll. 

I believe that Johnston Island and French Frigate Shoals would fit into this study also.  - Bill

UPDATE: Received a message from DVA concerning Agent Orange in Thailand


After a hard day's work of scanning
L to R: Bill and CDR Gary Thomas, USCG (ret.)

Loran Station GIS, a zipped google earth file with Loran Stations Locations by Michael Greene

Received this study (pdf) for distribution.

LORAN-C Legacy: The End of an Era
Social History and Operations of LORAN-C
United States Coast Guard

Received notice via an All Coast Guard message that Bill and I had received the Foundation for Coast Guard History's recipients of the Multimedia Award for this site.  We are humbled by this recognition and thank the 1918 Foundation for the Multimedia Award.

Ray is going a great job of hosting this and we support him temendously however the loran-history site and the Facebook group are two independent identities. If you would like to post something on either site the material should be sent to that site.


Ray Rebmann asked to pass this info:

small loranimal

Loranimal patches are available.  Visit this page to contact Ray.  The actual patch is depicted on the contact page as well as the history behind the patch.

Facebook pages for Loran Veterans


Coast Guard Foundation for History

Foundation for Coast Guard History

Final Report on Loran Transmitter X-Ray Exposure (pdf file)

"The View From the Top" - By CDR Carl Burkhart USCG (Ret) - pdf 
(This article was published in CGA Alumni "The Bulletin",Vol 72, No 5


MIT Radiation Lab - Loran was Division 11

MIT Radiation Lab
MIT - Radiation Laboratory Series - Vol 4 - LORAN
Pierce, McKenzie, Woodward

What's new:

28 MAY 2023: Updated the Personnel Roster.
01 MAY 2023: Updated the Personnel roster, thanks to Wes Wessling for the suggestion of using previous and last name of the station. Now one can search for either name or CG Unit number (currently for WWII units)
23 APR 2023: Updated Niihau web page with Alphonso Grasse 1946 photos, weekly menu
22 APR 2023: Updated Tarumpitao web page
16 APR 2023: Updated Personnel Roster
06 APR 2023: Updated Personnel Roster
28 MAR 2023: Updated Upolu Point web page
21 MAR 2023: Updated San Salvador web page
09 MAR 2023: Updated Batan web page
07 MAR 2023: Updated Personnel Roster
28 FEB 2023: Updated Kwajalein web page
12 FEB 2023: Updated Personnel Roster
24 JAN 2023: Updated Montauk Point
22 JAN 2023: Updated Personnel Roster
21 JAN 2023: Updated Point Arena, Point Arguello, Point Grenville, Cape Blanco, Spring Island
02 JAN 2023: Upfated the Personnel Roster
19 DEC 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
14 DEC 2022: Updated Iwo Jima web page
04 DEC 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
12 NOV 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
30 OCT 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster - numerous additions to USCGC KUKUI
18 SEP 2022; Updated the Personnel Roster - numerous additions to the Philippine and SE Asia stations
04 SEP 2022: Updated Cape Christian's Steve Fedorchak photo collection; Updated ATTU Dennis Hilliard photo collection; Updated Personnel Roster
31 JUL 2022: Updated Catanduanes Data sheet, Posted Steve Fedorchak (1971-73) Cape Christian photos; Updated Personnel Roster
20 JUL 2022: Updated Upolu Point
17 JUL 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
12 JUL 2022: Updated Lampedusa
04 JUL 2022: Revamped Grangeville
27 JUN 2022: Updated Pusan
19 JUN 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
12 JUN 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
04 JUN 2022: Revamped Angaur
29 MAY 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
15 MAY 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
12 MAY 2022: Revamped Malone
07 MAY 2022: Revamped Niihau
30 APR 2022: Posted CDFO-2000-C Austron Loran-C tech manual
28 APR 2022: Updated the Personal Roster, Estartit information sheet
05 APR 2022 - Updated and revamped Cape Atholl
03 APR 2022 - Added AN/SPN-30 Tech Manual; 1961 Omega Steering Committee Report; ITT Loran-C Receiving Sets
20 MAR 2022 - Updated the Rememberances page with Joe's info
13 MAR 2022 - Updated Personnel Roster
07 MAR 2022 - Posted 1959 Jansky & Bailey Engineering Evaluation of the Loran-C Navigation System
25 FEB 2022 - Updated Personnel Roster
14 FEB 2022 - Revamped Cape Christian
06 FEB 2022 - Updated Ichi Banare (Ike Shima)
30 JAN 2022 - Updated Personnel Roster
25 JAN 2022 - Updated Wake Island
23 JAN 2022 - Updated Catanduanes
20 JAN 2022 - Revamped French Frigate Shoals
17 JAN 2022 - Updated the Personnel Roster
08 JAN 2022 - Updated the Personnel Roster