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LORAN STATION MIYAKO JIMA

Station Information

Site Survey: 09 AUG - 24 SEP 1952 - For the ELMO projects 6 thru 9.
 
Construction Date: 23 NOV 1953 - Construction completed with S/P trailers
1956 - permanent Concrete Block Struction Signal/Power building constructed
1959 - Station rebuilt
 
Constructed by:
 
Established:
Commissioned:


1953

Disestablished: APR 1972
 
Operated by:


USCG
Project code name:


ELMO 6
Unit Identifier:


ELMO 6
Mail address: 1956 - APO 235, San Francisco, CA
1971 - FPO, Seattle 98770
 
AKA:


 
HAM Call sign:


 
Personnel Allowance: 1953 - 1 Officer, 17 Enlisted
01 MAR 1956 - 1 Officer, 12 Enlisted
Station Mascot: 1970 - Fang
Miscellaneous:


15 SEP 1959 - Typhonn SARAH leveled the station with the exception of the Signal Power Building

1969 - Crew member stabbed by local - evacuated

1971 - Crew members D. Zapata and J. Bedell found a bottle with Mr. Harry Kies message dropped from his boat 2 years prior. The return note stated, "This envelope will self-destruct in 30 seconds".

1971 - 1972 - Loran reliability on 2H4 (S) was a challenge for the crew of Miyako
Commanding Officers: 1953 - 1954 LTJG Rudy Roberts
1954 - 1955 LTJG George P. Adamson
1955 - 1956
1956 - 1957 LTJG John W. Duenzl
1957 - 1958 LTJG Dwight T. Ramsey
1958 - 1959
1959 - 1960
1960 - 1961 LTJG Robert A. Johnson
1961 - 1962
1962 - 1963
1963 - 1964 LTJG Leon E. Beaudin (? - JUN)
1964 - 1965 LTJG Peter A. Joseph (JUN - JUN)
1965 - 1966 LTJG James F. Greene (JUN - JUN)
1966 - 1967
1967 - 1968 LTJG Frank T. Dunn
1968 - 1969
1969 - 1970
1970 - 1971 LTJG Edgar J. Steele (? - APR)
1971 - 1972 LTJG Harold T. Enger (APR - MAR)
1971 - 1971 LTJG Alan K. Tingquist (MAR - APR)*

* LTJG Alan K. Tingquist relieved LTJG Harold T. Enger a month early so that LTJG Enger could visit mainland Japan. This was done with approval from senior officials. LTJG Tingquist was just relieved at Hokkaido as CO after a normal tour. They both were classmates and that bond continued. That is what is called taking care of each other!
 

Station Operations

LORAN-A

24 43 44.17 N - 125 26 10.32 (1960 Datum)

Chain: RYUKYU ISLANDS
PHILIPPINES EAST COAST
 
Station Letter designation: 2H4, 2H5 "I"
 
Radio Call Sign:  
 
Declared Operational date:


01 AUG 1953
Operations Ceased: APR 1972
 
Station Operation: MAY 1953 - 01 JAN 1964 Single MASTER (SM)
01 JAN 1964 - APR 1972 Double MASTER (DM)
 
Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:


MIYAKO JIMA (M) - BATAN (S)
1L4, 2H4
1000us
Approx. 326 Nautical miles

MIYAKO JIMA (M) - GESASHI (S)
2H5
1000us
Approx. 186 Nautical miles
 
On-air testing date: 20 JUL 1953
 
On-Air: 1H4, 01 AUG 1953
2H4, 01 JAN 1964
2H5, 01 JAN 1964
 
Off-Air: 1H4, 01 JAN 1964 - Chain reconfiguation
2H4, APR 1972 - USCG turnover station to GOJ*
2H5, APR 1972 - USCG turnover station to GOJ**

* GOJ continued to Loran-A service until 31 DEC 1977 - Batan shutdown
** GOJ continued to operate Loran-A service until 10 MAR 1997

Monitor Rate: Cross rate monitoring 
 
Equipment: 1956 - AN/FPN-30 Timers;
 
Antenna: 1953 - 1966 -
1966 - 1972 - 109ft vertical radaitor
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD NEW

Awards:

Koran Service Medal*

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27 JUN 1950 - 27 JUL 1954
*Awarded by Department of Navy

Letter of Commendation

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HM2 James R. Harris received the Letter of Commendation for his actions on August 20, 1960 when he administered first aid to a man who lost a arm in a dynamite explosion and for his actions in January 1961 when he treated another Miyakan man throughout the night for loss of blood and shock.

CG Restricted Duty Ribbon

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Documents:

19 JUL 1956 Overseas Loran Station survey - pdf

07 DEC 1964 HQs question of 2H4CG-2899 - pdf

19 APR 1971 CG 2899 Resubmission - pdf

03 MAY 1971 Loran Reliability for 2H4; findings - pdf

222255Z AUG 71 2H4 unable to sync - pdf

27 AUG 1971 Acceptance of Message Traffic - pdf

Pictures:

Alton Merwitz 1955/56 photo collection

Larry Bilski 1967/68 photo collection

Harold Enger 1971 photo collection

 

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