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LORAN STATION ATTU

Loran-A - Theodore Point 1944 - 22 JUN 1949
Coordinates:  52 45 09 N - 172 54 31 E (MIT 1948 Appendix B)
Coordinates:
52 45 11N - 172 54 43 E - 1948 Op Data Report
Google Earth Coordinates:  52 45 4.47N 172 54 39.33E

Loran-A - Murder Point 22 JUN 1949 - JUL 1961 (approximate)
Coordinates: 52 48 29.37 N  173 09 43.14 E (USCG ltr 1951)
Google Earth Coordinates:  52 48 16.93 N 173 09 46.43 E

Loran A/C - CASCO COVE
Loran-A Coordinates:  52 49 58.82 N 173 10 58.86 E (Jul 1975)
Loran - A Google Earth Coordinates:  52 49 57.73 N 173 10 58.48 E
Loran C: 52 49.8N - 173 10.9E (Oct 1, 1964)
Loran-C Coordinates:  52 49 44.134 N 173 10 49.528 E
Loran - C Google Earth Coordinates:  52 49 43.72 N 173 10 49.84 E
 

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Site Survey:

LORAN A: SEP 1943 Theodore Point
LORAN C: JUL SEP 1959 Barabara Point

Construction Date

LORAN A:
7 DEC 1943 JAN 1944 Theodore Point

Constructed by:

LORAN A: Construction DET "A" - Theodore Point
LORAN A/C:
Beck & Associates $1,629,000.00 15 Mar 1960

Established:

LORAN A:
JAN 1944 - Theodore Point
01 NOV 1948 - Murder Point caretaker status
10 JUL 1961 - Casco Cove
Loran A/C:
152255Z NOV 1961 - Commissioned

Disestablished:

LORAN A:
25 JUL 1949 - Theodore Point - 22 Jun 1949- Operations transferred to Murder Point
JUL 1961 - Murder Point
JUL 1979 - Casco Cove

LORAN C: 26 AUG 2010

Operated by:

USCG

Chain:

LORAN A:
ALEUTIAN, WESTERN ALEUTIANS
LORAN C:
BERING SEA, NORTH PACIFIC

Station Letter designation:

LORAN A:
1L0, T
1L2, 1L7 L

LORAN C:
S6, SL2 Y
SH7, 5930, 9990, 5980 X

Station code name:

DOOR 3

Station Unit Number/OPFAC:

USCG 62, Navy 163 Theodore Point
13-565 Murder Point
1960 17-350810
17-40191

Station nickname:

 

On-air testing date:

LORAN A:
11 FEB 1944 - Theodore Point
LORAN C:
11 DEC 1960

Operational date:

LORAN A:
8 JUN 1944 - Theodore Point
22 JUN 1949 - Murder Point
10 JUL 1961 - Casco Cove
LORAN C:
101000Z JUL 1961 Chain declared OPS

Operations Ceased:

LORAN A:
222200Z JUN 1949 - Theodore Point
101000Z JUL 1961 - Murder Point
302400Z JUN 1979 - Casco Point

LORAN C:
9990 - 8 FEB 2010
5980 - 01 AUG 2010

Station Operation:

LORAN A:
Single SLAVE/SECONDARY

LORAN C:
Single SLAVE/SECONDARY
Dual SECONDARY

Station pair:

LORAN A:
1943 22 JUN 1949 AMCHITKA
1949 30 JUN 1979 ADAK

LORAN C:
S6, SITKINAK, ST PAUL
SL2, SH7, 5930 - PORT CLARENCE, SITKINAK, ST PAUL
9990 - KODIAK*, NARROW CAPE*, PORT CLARENCE, ST PAUL
(Kodiak replaced Narrow Cape which replaced Sitkinak)
5980-X, PETROPAVLOVSK, Kamchatka, Russia (M), ALEXANDROVSK, Sakhalen Island, Russia (Y)

Loran Rate:

LORAN A:
1L0, 1L7, 1L2

LORAN C:
S6, SL2, SH7, 5930, 9990, 5980

On-Air:

LORAN A:
1L0, 8 JUN 1944
1L7, 222200Z JUN 1949
1L2, JUL 1961

LORAN C:
S6, 011000Z JUL 1961
SL-2, 15 DEC 1961 Port Clarence on-air
SH-7, 1969
5930, 25 FEB 1975
9990, 1 MAR 1977
5980, 1991

Off-Air

LORAN A:
1L0, 222200Z JUN 1949
1L7, JUL 1961
1L2, 302400Z JUN 1979

LORAN C:
S6, 15 DEC 1961
SL-2, 1969
SH-7, 25 FEB 1975
5930, 1 MAR 1977
9990-X    082000Z FEB 2010 -TERMINATION U.S. LORAN OPS
5980-X - 011900Z AUG 2010 - Termination of US International LORAN OPS

Monitor Rate:

 

Equipment:

LORAN A:
AN/FPN-30 Timers, T-325C Transmitters AM-701 Amplifiers 1 MW

LORAN C:
1960 - AN/FPN-41, Timers, AN/FPN-42, Transmitters, 300KW,  2nd transmitter operational 1962
1970S  - AN/FPN-54A Timers,
1990s - AN/FPN-44A Transmitters, 400 kW

Antenna Type: LORAN A: AS-1088-TRN 117ft Tower

LORAN C: 625ft Stainless Inc, Model 1300, 1960

Personnel Allowance:

LORAN A:
1943: 1 ENS/LTJG 8 Radarmen 5 Electronics Tech Mates 2 Motorman 2 radioman 4 seaman 2 cooks
1948 1 Officer, 14 enlisted
JAN 1953 LTJG, ETC, ET2, 3 ET3, CS1, HM1, EN1, EN2, DC2, 2 FN, SN
LORAN A/C
JUL 1963 1 LTJG, 1 RELE, 31 Enlisted

Mascot: 1943 - Sooner; Tippy, Susie
1964 Brown Dog
1971 Dummy Dog - Rufus
1987 1998 COCO
1989 - Chelsea

Miscellaneous:

1st loran station established at Theodore Point.
William A. Baughman, S1c. was killed during the construction phase of the station.
1940s Station under the cognizance of the CG District 13th
22 JUN 1949 - Loran A station relocated to Murder Point.
1972 Loss of Life ET3 working with disgarded ordnance
1961 relocated to the NAVY station at Casco Cove becoming an an A/C station.
1977/78 Loss of life MK3
30 JUL 1982 C-130 crash SN Steven D Berryhill Station member) and AT3 Brad S Canfield - loss of life
http://www.uscg.mil/history/AviationCasualties.asp

Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge

LORAN A:

THEODORE POINT
1st CO: ENS Edwin L Doster 1943 8 AUG 1944
CO: ENS George Orford 8 AUG 1944 02 OCT 1945

CO: LTJG Joseph Ziemien 02 OCT 1945 34 MAR 1946
CO: LTJG Ron G. Lineburg 24 MAR 1946 8 MAY 1946
CO: CRM James T Meade 8 MAT 1946 22 NOV 1946
OINC: ETM2/c Hollis L Peden 22 NOV 1946 27 NOV 1946 (Acting)

CO: LTJG James H.B. Morton 27 NOV1946 17 APR 1947
CO: LTJG Burton V Weston 17 APR 1947 1948
OINC: MoMM1/c Edward F Clements 29 NOV 1946 - ?

CO: CRELE William H. Keel ? 05 SEP 1948
Last CO: ENS David Jenkins 05 SEP 1948 22 JUN 1949

MURDER POINT

1st CO:
ENS David Jenkins 22 JUN 1949 -
CO: LTJG Alvin J Boxwell 1949  JUL 28 1950
CO: ENS Robert S Hall 28 JUL 1950  22 JUL 51
CO: LTJG Stuart T Scharfenstein 22 JUL 1951 1 AUG 1952
CO: LTJG Richard J Mayer 1 AUG 1952
CO: LTJG Daniel L Muir ? 10 JUN 1954
CO: LTJG Adrian L Lonsdale 10 JUN 1954 31 MAY 1955
CO: LTJG John F Ellis 31 MAY 1955 31 MAY 1956
CO: LTJG Gordon R Campbell 31 MAY 1956 20 MAY 1957
CO: LTJG William C Boinest 20 MAY 1957 27 MAY 1958
CO: LTJG Richard N Abrahams 27 MAY 1958 27 MAY 1959
CO: LT Robert J Ketchel 27 MAY 1959 10 JUN 1960
CO: LTJG Paul D Henneberry 10 JUN 1960 -

LORAN A/C:

CASCO COVE
CO: LT Everett G Walters ? 6 APR 1961
CO: LT David R Markey 6 APR 1961 3 MAR 1962
CO: LT John E Erwin 3 MAR 1963 9 APR 1963
CO:
LTJG Martin J Moynihan 9 APR 1963 14 APR 1964
CO: LTJG Dennis C Hilliard 14 APR 1964 -
CO: LTJG Edward Roe APR 1965 - APR 1966
CO: LTJG Harvey Wahnquist APR 1966 - APR 1967

CO: LTJG Grey 1968 - 1969
CO: LT Jon McNutt 1970 1971
CO: LTJG Malcom Gray 1971 - 1972
CO: LTJG R D Crane 1972 - 1973
CO: LTJG Ingram 1973 - 1974
CO: LTJG Orr 1975
CO: LTJG Kacmarski 1976 - 1977
CO: LTJG James Sabo 1977 1978
CO: LTJG Ted Mar 1978  MAR 1979

CO: LTJG William Davis MAR 1979 MAR 1980

LORAN C:

CO: LTJG Jeff Karonis APR 1980 APR 1981
CO: LTJG Kevin Gates APR 1981 - MAR 1982
CO: LTJG Robert J Wilson MAR 1982 - APR 1983

CO: LTJG Steve White 1985 1986
CO: LTJG Monique Foster 1986 - 1987

CO: LTJG Moore 1988 - 1989
CO: CWO Dave Billig JUL 1990 JUL 1991
CO: CWO Michael Joyce JUL 1991 - 1992
CO: CWO Skip Baldwin 1993 - 1994
CO: CWO Ernie Eberwein 1994 - 1995
CO: CWO Patrick J Calpin  1995 - 1996
CO: CWO Mike Taffe 1996 - 1997
CO: CWO David Fowler 1998 - 1999
CO: CWO Brad Brazier  1999    2000
CO: CWO Robert J Manning 2000 2001
CO: CWO Jesus Mesa 2001 - 2002
CO: CWO Steven Pfister 2002 - 2003
CO: CWO Robert Kaufman 2003 - 2004
CO: CWO Michael Marion 2004 JUN 2005
CO: CWO Mark S Howard JUL 2005 -
CO: CWO Ronald G Long ? JUN 2007
CO: CWO Robert Coyle JUN 2007 25 JUN 2008
CO: CWO Pete Bower 25 JUN 2008 JUN 2009

CO: CWO James S Beeson JUN 2009 JUN 2010
Last CO: CWO Jeff L Rosenberg JUN 2009 - 26 AUG 2010

Picture of Murder Point Loran Station 1949-51 from Alaska Digital Archive
http://vilda.alaska.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/cdmg13/id/6928/rec/12

 Reminiscing:

George Sackett - Tower work pdf

Documents:

Sep 1948 - Letter of Relief
Jul 1950 - Letter of Relief

25 JUN 2008 - Letter of Relief

NOV 1943 - 1944 Robert Henchal Photo Album Assigned to CG Construction Detachment 26 - contributed by daughter Tess
Theodore Point Station Layout Summer 1944 - contributed by RdM3c(L) Robert K Yeaton
31 Dec 1946 - Transfer of Sugar Loaf

  1948 Letter, file CG-783 awarding the Navy Unit Commendation medal to a member of Construction Detachment 26 [17 MB pdf file].  There in an interesting part of history attached to this letter in the form of a handwritten letter from the recipient of the Navy Unit Commendation.  During both of my tours on Attu, I've only known of the Japanese monument marking the Colonel's death (at engineer hill) and the one honoring both American and Japanese at the station.  I had never known that Construction Detachment 26 had honored one of their own, at Theodore Point.  Bravo Zulu to CD 26.
-Joe Jester, ETC, USCG(ret)

Mar 1948 - Board of Investigation - Commissary Stores
Mar 1948 - ECV construction message - New Station - Murder Point
Jul - Dec 1948 - Murder Point Correspondence 
27 Sep 1948 - HQs Memo - Murder Point Construction
Dec 1948 - Operational Data Report
22 Jun 1949 - Transfer of Operations to Murder Point Message
25 Jul 1949 - Disestablishment of Theodore Point - pdf

08 JUL 1959 - Bureau of Land Letter (pdf)
10 AUG 1959 - Aeronautical Study (pdf)

21 AUG 1959 - Land Acquisition (pdf)
01 FEB 1960 - LORAN C USCG Real Property (pdf)
26 OCT 1961 - Radiation Measuring Devices (pdf)
08 FEB 1980 - Property at ATTU (pdf)

08 FEB 1960 - LORAN C Real Property Correspondence (pdf)
181750Z FEB 1960 - LORAN C Land Acquisition msg (pdf)
041930Z MAR 1960 - Land Authorization (pdf)
190103Z MAR 1960 - Access for Construction (pdf)
28 APR 1960 - Navy Letter Land Acquisition (pdf)
09 MAY 1960 - Land Acquisition (pdf)

PicturesClick on picture for larger image.

Theodore Point, Attu Island, Alaska

Theodore Point, Attu Island

Murder Point, Attu Island, Alaska

I was told this is the old Loran-A station, not the old, old Loran-A station located at Theodore Point. 
-Joe Jester

Loran Station Attu, Attu Island, Alaska

Current Station.  Loran-C transmitter buildings (old transmitter building and new transmitter building) in the lower center portion of the picture.  The Loran-A transmitters were on the ground floor in the building just off-center of the picture.   The new transmitter building wasn't there in 1973/1974 or 1983 when I was assigned to the unit.  Loran-A was discontinued before my second tour.
-Joe Jester

Pictures from google earth.

THEODORE Point


                              c./1945          (U.S. Coast Guard photo)


                          c./1945             (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Below photos were located at NARA Washington,DC
of Theodore Point c./1947-48


                                                     (U.S. Coast Guard photo)


                                                      (U.S. Coast Guard photo)


                                                     (U.S. Coast Guard photo)


                                                     (U.S. Coast Guard photo)


                                                    (U.S. Coast Guard photo)


                                                    (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The photos were contributed by Leslie Cloaninger whose father,
John Mitcham, served on ATTU in 1943

  

 

  

     

   

    

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Thanks Leslie!

 

Station from mid level of 625 ft Tower

View of Station from about halfway up the 625 foot tower.
--photo provided by Ken Hydock

View from 625' tower c./Dec 2007


c./1978

The below photos were contributed by Bob Coyle (CO 2008/09)


Station crew


Polar Bear Swim 1 JAN 2009

Thanks Bob!

The below photos were contributed by Arthur Petty c./ 1989-90


At the international airport


At the WWII Monument


Last day with HS2

Thanks Arthur!

Attu Island

Loran Station Attu Patch

Loran Station Attu Patch
c./1989
 

Cover (ball cap) Patch

Station Decommission Ceremony 27 AUG 2010
Contributed by CDR Marc Sanders


CDR Sanders in front of the station building


The final crew

CWO Jeff Rosenberg D17 Submission - pdf
CDR Sanders (XO NAVCEN) Comments - pdf
Russian-American LORAN-C Termination Remarks - pdf
LORSTA ATTU LORAN-C TERMINATION CEREMONY SCRIPT 01 August 2010 - pdf

Thanks Commander!

Documents

 

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