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LORAN STATION ADAK

Station Information

Site Survey: 1947
 
Construction Date 1948-1949
 
Constructed by: Drake PugetSound Co. under U.S. Navy contract NOY 13913*
*U.S. Navy Contract NOY 13913 was to construct all three loran stations. (Attu; Adak and Cape Sarichef) 1970 - GalleyRepairs by Walsh and Co., Anchorage
 
Established: 1949
 
Disestablished:

30 JUN 1979
Operated by: USCG

Station Unit Identifier:

1968 - 17-40190
Station address: 1967 - Box 47, Seattle, WA 98791
1975 - PO Box 47, Serattle, WA 98777

Personnel Allowance: JAN 1953 – 1 Officer; 12 Enlisted
JUL 1956 - 1 Officer and 12 Enlisted
Increase JUL 1963 – 1 RELE, 5 Enlisted (Loran-C Monitor)
Decrease OCT 1968 - 1 RELE, 5 enlisted (SAM Disestablished)

Mascots: 1958 - Jesse
1977 - Chucker

Miscellaneous: The station was situated on Cape Adagdak at 51 °59'N, 176°36'W at an elevation of 1,200 feet, on a saddle of the hills, 340 feet above the nearest road.

13 MAR 1951 - The site consisted of 75 acres of Navy-managed land adjacent to Andrews Bay, 14 miles north of Naval Station Adak. The Navy permitted this site to the Coast Guard (permit #NOy(R) 45676, 3/13/51).

1960 - 61 Crew member killed accident gun incident

1961 DC2 died in auto accident

02 JUN 1968 - Fire in old recreation room, HS1 Jacob Lauri Arthur Poroo succumbed to injuries died 18 JUN 1968.

15 MAY 1969 - Earthquake strike

Commanding Officers 1952 - 1953 LTJG Eugene E. McCrory (? – 9 JUL)
1953 - 1955 LTJG John C. Fuechsel (9 JUL – 10 JUN)
1955 - 1956 LTJG John D. Costello (10 JUN – 31 JUL)
1956 - 1957 LTJG John C. Sarazen (31 JUL – 31 JUL)
1957 - 1958 LTJG Warren F. Baumgartner (31 JUL – JUL)
1958 - 1959 LTJG Carmen J. Blondin (JUL – 24 JUL)
1959 - 1961 LTJG Ronald C. Kollmeyer (24 JUL – 30 JAN)
1961 - 1962 LTJG Ralph H. Burr (30 JAN – 31 JUL)
1962 - 1963 LTJG Robert A. Schwartz (31 JUL – 31 JUL)
1963 1964 LTJG Steve W. Geletka (31 JUL – 31 JUL)
1964 - 1965 LTJG Carl A. Strand (31 JUL 1964 - ?)
1965- 1966 LTJG Dickson F. DeMarche
1966 - 1967 LTJG Robert H. Miller
1967 - 1968 LTJG Kenneth G. Coder
1968 - 1969
1696 - 1970
1970 - 1971
1971 - 1972
1972 - 1973 LTJG Jon C. Dichert (? - APR)
1973 - 1975 LTJG William L. Beason (APR - 02 JUN)
1975 - 1977 LTJG John D. Pendegraft (02 JUN – JUL)
1977 - 1979 CWO Carl Schellenberg (JUL - 30 JUN 1979)
 

Change of Command:

022115Z JUN 75 - LTJG Pendegraft - LTJG Beason - pdf

Station Operations

LORAN-A

51 59 34.57 N 176 36 45.46 W (1960 Mercury Datum)

Chain: 1949 - 1979 ALEUTIAN
 
Station Letter designation: 1L2 "D"
1L3 "D"
 
Radio Call Sign:  
 
Operational date: 22 JUN 1949
 
Operations Ceased: 30 JUN 1979
 
Station Operation: Double MASTER (DM)
 
Station pair:
Loran Rate:
Baseline:

Station pair:
Loran Rate:
Baseline:

ADAK (M) - ATTU (S)
1L2/1L7
Approx. 380 Nautical miles

ADAK (M) - CAPE SARICHEF (S)
1L3/1L6
Approx. 515 Nautical miles

On-air testing date:


 

On-Air: 1L6, 222200Z JUN 1949
1L7, 222200Z JUN 1949
1L2, 052200Z JAN 1961 - Change of Rate
1L3, 052200Z JAN 1961 - Change of Rate

Off-Air 1L6, 052200Z JAN 1961 - Change of Rate*
1L7, 052200Z JAN 1961 - Change of Rate*
1L2, 302400Z JUN 1979 - Discontinued Loran-A Service
1L3, 302400Z JUN 1979 - Discontinued Loran-A Service

* Change of rate because Murder Pt. relocated to Casco Cove
 

Equipment: 1949 - UE-1 Timers, T-137 Transmitters
NOV-DEC 1962 - Equipment upgrade - AN/FPN-30, Timers; T-325, Transmitters; AM-1700, Amplifiers, 800Kw; AN/FPN-2A; AN/FPN-3A

Antenna: 1949 - "T"
1962 - Cage "T"
 

Awards:

Coast Guard Medal

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POROO, Jacob Lauri Arthur, Hospital Corpsman First Class, USCG (Posthumous Award)
Date of Action:  02 June 1968
Date of Award:  10 August 1968
For heroism on the morning of June 2, 1968 when he entered a burning cabin to attempt a rescue on Adak Island, Adak, Alaska.  When fire erupted about 3:30 a.m. engulfing the doorway of the old recreation building, Petty Officer POROO, together with seven other men, successfully escaped.  Hearing shouting and believing it to be a cry for help form a trapped companion, he unhesitatingly re-entered the flaming cabin to render assistance with complete disregard for his own safety.  Petty Officer POROO received second and third degree burns over 75 percent of his body before he finally left the burning building, assured that his companions were safe.  He then calmly gave sound medical advice to his injured companions until help arrived.  Petty Officer POROO later succumbed to his injuries.  His outstanding courage, intrepidity, and unselfish actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.

CG Meritorious Unit Commendation

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27 OCT 1977 - 26 OCT 1977

Documents:

09 JUL 1956 - Overseas Loran Station Survey - pdf - Photos

25 OCT 1961 - Summarization of Station History - pdf

08 SEP 1964 - Customs Duties Assignment - pdf

01 MAR 1968 - Station Information Book - pdf

31 JUL 1968 - Personnel Roster - pdf

18 JUN 1969 - 1L2 Out of Tolerence - pdf

11 OCT 1969 - Thunderbird Article - pdf

OCT - NOV 73 - LORAN A Semi-Annual Performance MSG TFC - pdf

10 FEB 1976 - American Revolution Bicentennial Recognization - pdf

01 JUL 1976 - General Information Book - pdf

Personnel Allowance List Correspondence - pdf

Pictures:

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(courtesy U.S. Coast Guard)

16 JAN 1951

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c./1977

1948 - 1975 U.S. Coast Guard Historian photos

1958 SNBM John Potts photo collection

1963 ET3 Dick Schmidt photo collection

 

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