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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.

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



Unit Season's Greeting Cards

Wishing all a wonderful Holiday season.



November 16, 2020
Itis with sad news that I must post that Joe Jester crossed the bar on Sunday November 15, 2020. It was a great pleasure working with Joe on the Loran Program history. If it not for his efforts, this web site would not of happen. The Loran community greatly appreciates his contribution.

This site will be maintain in memory of Joe.

- Bill

In the next couple months the site will reorganize and some links will not be working. Should you get a page error (HTTP Error 404.0 - Not Found) using a previous bookmark please go to the home page and select the web page you desire. - Bill

Due to technical difficulties the site was rollback back to a previous point. I wil be updating as time permits. - Bill



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


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.


Thanks to Ray Rebmann Fred's Place Reunion Hall will be posted on each station page. 

Completed: Adak, Angaur, Atafu, Attu, Barrigada, Batan, Biorka, Cape Atholl, Cape Christian, Cape Sarichef, Canton, Catanduanes, Eniwetok, Estaca de Vares,  Estartit, French Frigate Shoals, Gesashi, Guam, Hokkaido, Ichi Hanare, Iwo Jima, Johnston Island, Kargabarun, Kauai, Kure Island, Kwajalein, Lampang, Lampedusa, LMS Kami Seya, LMS Keflauik, LMS Kodiak, LMS Rhodes, LMS Sardinia, LMS Shetlands, LMS Udorn, Marcus, Matratin, Matsumae, Miho, Miyako Jima, Molokai, Narrow Cape, Naulo Point, Niigata, Niihau, Nomaike, Ocean Cape, Oshima, Port Clarence, Pusan, Roguron, Saipan, Sattahip, Sellia Marina, Shoal Cove, Sitkinak, Spruce Cape, St Paul, Sylt, Upolu Point, USCGC KUKUI, Wildwood

Ray Rebmann asked to pass this info:

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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:

02 DEC 2020 - Revamped Gillette
30 NOV 2020 - Updated Personnel roster; added Vern Click Estartit photo collection
27 NOV 2020 - Revamped Dana
18 NOV 2020 - Revamped Estartit
16 NOV 2020 - Updated Personnel roster
25 OCT 2020 - Updated Personnel roster
24 OCT 2020 - Revamped Montauk Point
19 OCT 2020 - Revamped Mokolai
17 OCT 2020 - Revamped Spring Island
10 OCT 2020 - Updated Nomaike
08 OCT 2020 - Updated Point Grenville
06 OCT 2020 - Updated Ocean Cape
05 OCT 2020 - Revamped Pt. Arguello
02 OCT 2020 - Revamped Pt. Arena
27 SEP 2020 - Revised Cape Sarichef; updated Personnel Roster
21 SEP 2020 - Revamped Kauai
17 SEP 2020 - Revamped Wake Island
14 SEP 2020 - Update Ichi Banare (Ike Shima) web page
06 SEP 2020 - Updated Attu site; updated Personnel roster
23 AUG 2020 - Updated Personnel roster; Added Ron Ladd's Marcus Photo Collection and updated the information sheet.
14 AUG 2020 - Updated Adak, Amchitka and Marcus
08 AUG 2020 - Updated Personnel roster
24 MAY 2020 - Tan My - Added Tom Orr's phohos and link to Mike J. Douglas AF security write up; updated the Personnel Roster
22 MAY 2020 - Revamped Lampedusa
15 MAY 2020 - Revamped Lampang
14 May 2020 - Cape Christian - added photos to Charlie Huber General Photos
13 MAY 2020 - Revamped Sellia Marina
11 MAY 2020 - Updated Personnel Roster
10 MAY 2020 - Revamped Unit Awards Page
30 APR 2020 - Revamped Jupiter Inlet
26 APR 2020 - Updated Personnel Roster
25 APR 2020 - Revamped Marcus and added Art Nichols photos
19 APR 2020 - Added Art Nichols Iwo Jima photo collection
16 APR 2020 - Revamped Kure Island
06 APR 2020 - Revamped Miyako Jima
03 APR 2020 - Revamped Iwo Jima
24 MAR 2020 - Updated Personnel Roster, Upolu Point Fact Sheet
08 MAR 2020 - Updated Personnel Roster
05 MAR 2020 - Revamped Tan My
29 FEB 2020 - Revamped Upolu Point
23 FEB 2020 - Updated Biloxi; Cape San Blas and Venice Fact Sheets
15 FEB 2020 - Updated Personnel Roster; Cape Atholl and Miho Fact sheets
01 FEB 2020 - Updated Personnel Roster; Guam/Orote Point fact sheet
31 JAN 2020 - Revamped Nomaike
24 DEC 2019 - Updated Cape Blanco and Point Arguello Fact sheets; updated the Personnel Roster
16 DEC 2019 - Revampedd St. Matthew
01 DEC 2019 - Updated Personnel Roster; Cape Christian fact sheet
25 NOV 2019 - Added John McKenna photos to ATTU Casco Cove.
24 NOV 2019 - Revamped Cape Sarichef; updated Adak, Amchitka and Attu Fact Sheets.
16 NOV 2019 - Revamped ADAK
12 NOV 2019 - Updated Amchitka; Attu; Personnel Roster
08 NOV 2019 - Updated Adak; Amchitka; Attu; Bona Vista; Battle Harbor; Cape Sarichef; Fenwick; Frederiksdal; LMS Chatham; LMS St. Brides; Nantucket; St. Matthew; St. Paul; Umnak
04 NOV 2019 - Updated Personnel Roster
04 OCT 2019 - Revamped ATTU
21 SEP 19 - Updated Personnel Roster
29 AUG 19 - Updated Personnel Roster
19 JUL 19 - Updated Personnel Roster
24 JUN 19 - Updated Personnel Roster
16 JUN 19 - Updated Personnel Roster
14 JUN 19 - Revamped Eniwetok
11 JUN 19 - Revamped LMS Chatham
10 JUN 19 - added to Kargabarun ACTEUR ECV Trip Reports; Board of Survey; OPODR 01-93
31 MAY 19 - added Kargabarun ACTEUR ECV Trip Reports
23 MAY 19 - Kargabarun Engineering Tower Failure Report; Updated personnel roster
22 MAY 19 - Updated Fact Sheets: Adak; Cape Christian; Cape San Blas; Eniwetok; Hokkaido; Kargabarun; Marcus; Kargabarun: added 1967 General Information Book & 1990 PCB Prevention Instructions
15 MAY 19 - Revamped Kargabarun - added Bob Brady Video movie.  Updated Personnel Roster.
14 MAY 19 - Revamped Narrow Cape
10 MAY 19 - Revamped Sitkinak with numerous additions; updated Marcus and Spruce Cape Fact Sheets.
28 APR 19 - Updated Angaur Fact Sheet, updated personnel roster
26 APR 19 - Revamped Cape Atholl - updated Cape Christian Fact Sheet - Loran A Eastern Arctic updated
21 APR 19 - Updated Facts Sheets for: Catanduanes; Cocos Island; Kwajalein; Nantucket; Orote Point; St. Paul Loran C; Revamped Nipisat
19 APR 19 - Updated Personnel Roster
13 APR 19 - Cape Christian revamp completed.
10 APR 19 - Updated the Rememberances page; Cape Chistian Charlie Huber Crew and RCMP photos
09 APR 19 - Cape Christian revamp
08 APR 19 - Cape Christian - added 1956 Overseas Loran Station Survey; 1962/63 Report Sky Wave Time Delay plus other reports and revamped McLamb photos - updated fact sheet
06 APR 19 - Cape Christian - added Charlie Huber (CO) 1971-72 General Photos
05 APR 19 - Updated Cape Christian Fact Sheet and added the 01 JUN 1957 General Information Book. This is a large file 30mb. A personal note: This is fantastic. The First CG District Commander, Rear Admiral Roland, signed the Letter of Promulation. This is normally delegated to the Aids to Navigation Branch Chief. The 1956-57 crew deserves a BZ for their accomplishments.
04 APR 19 - Updated Personnel Roster
31 MAR 19 - Updated Cape Christian Fact Sheet and added Charlie Huber (1971 CO) Christmas Photos
30 MAR 19 - Updated Personnel Roster
28 MAR 19 - Added St. Paul 1968 GIB
27 MAR 19 - Revamped St. Paul and added Jim Bachtell's photos.
22 MAR 19 - Updated Fact Sheets for: Cape Atholl; Cocos Island; ACTEUR; Narrow Cape; Naulo Point; Point Arguello; Port Clarence; Sandur; Sitkinak; ST Paul; Revamped Venice with new material
21 MAR 19 - Revamp Kutdlek - added Sam Rutherford photos
19 MAR 19 - Revamp Saipan and Yap with added material.
16 MAR 19 - Updated personell roster
09 MAR 19 - Revamped Ulithi with added material.
07 MAR 19 - Revamped Angaur.
06 MAR 19 - Revamped Marcus photos
05 MAR 19 - Revamped Guam - Orote Point and Cocos Island have separate html pages
28 FEB 19 - Added Loran-B Purchase Equipment Description
27 FEB 19 - Added 1959 Loran-A and C system description by LCDR Henry; Revamped Loran-B
24 FEB 19 - Updated Martha's Vineyard - added photos
21 FEB 19 - Updated Personnel Roster
18 FEB 19 - Added Loran-C Technical Manuals
17 FEB 19 - Updated LMS Bermuda Fact Sheet; reposted FEB 1967 GIB
16 FEB 19 - Updated personnel roster
15 FEB 19 - Updated Marcus fact sheet;
14 FEB 19 - Agreement to Transfer NWPAC Loran stations to GOJ; Marcus Fact sheet updated; added MOU in preparation of transfer of station; Decommission Ceremony; and other documents
13 FEB 19 - Updated Marcus Fact Sheet, added D14 OPORDER 05-93 and 1985 GIB (Believe this is 1986 GIB); COMDT Bulletin Article "Un-tenna"
12 FEB 19 - Updated Marcus Fact Sheet, added Bob Mudge photos, 1969 GIB and 1979 GIB
11 FEB 19 - Completed upgrading Marcus web page
10 FEB 19 - Commenced upgrading Marcus web page - added station awards; Updated FESEC, Barrigada, Hokkaido, Gesashi, Iwo Jima and Marcus OCT 1992 - JUL 1993 MUC award.
09 FEB 19 - Continue with Loran-A revamp pages, added North Pacific Loran-C chain maps
08 FEB 19 - Added Loran-A photo section; photos of a Loran Mobile Unit, CG-222 1953 amend 4 Jun 1956; Updated Wildwood page.  Updated Personnel roster.
03 FEB 19 - Added Sperry Third Generation Loran Brochure; 1969 MEDSEA Loran-C Calibration Report
02 FEB 19 - Continue with Loran-C/LIPIT revamping
31 JAN 19 - Updated Shetland photo- identify UK officer; St Paul updated 02 NOV 1963 Document; Continue Loran-C/LIPIT revamping
29 JAN 19 - Continue Loran-C/LIPIT revamping
28 JAN 19 - Continued Loran-C/LIPIT revamping
27 JAN 19 - Added files to Sylt folder; continued Loran-C/LIPIT revamping
23 JAN 19 - Sylt - updated Fact sheet to new standard; added fact information and documents; Sattahip photos updated.
17 JAN 19 - Updated Fact Sheets for: Folly Island; Gesashi; Gray Point; Miyako Jima; Matratin; Spring Island; Added files to LORAN C Correspondence 1955-59 and Timing
16 JAN 19 - Revamping the LORAN C folder, Johnston Island - added Shut-Down message - Sattahip - corrected construction photo