LORAN STATION ICHI BANARE*
*Note: The station military name was Ichi Banare however commonly known as Ike Shima or Okinawa.
26 23 37 N 128 00 13E (CG File 12/1948)
26 23 49.4 N 128 00 04.5 E
|Site Survey:||3 MAY 1945
|Construction Date||15 MAY 1945
1 SEP 1945 Station commissioned and turned over to 14th district
|Constructed by:||CONSTRUCTION DET “C”
|Established:||1 SEP 1945
|Disestablished:||122200Z JUL 1964
|Station Letter designation:||“J”
|Station code name:|
|Station Unit Number:||CG Unit 350
|Station aka:||IKE SHIMA; OKINAWA
|On-air testing date:||4H4, 27 MAY 1945 – IWO JIMA
4H4, 05 JAN 1953 - NOMAIKE
|Operational date:||12 JUN 1945
|Station Operation:||Double SLAVE
|Station pair:||4H4, 4H7, 2H5 – IWO JIMA
4H4, 2H4 - NOMAIKE
|Loran Rate:||4H4, 4H7, 2H4, 2H5
|On-Air:||4H4, 12 JUN 1945
4H7, 150200Z MAR 1949
4H4, 251200Z JAN 1953
2H4, 1 MAY 1953 Change of Rate shift to International Loran band
2H5, 1 MAY 1953 Change of Rate shift to International Loran Band
4H4, 150200Z MAR 1949
|Equipment:||JUL 1948 – TDP Transmitters s/n 76 & 77; JU Timers s/n 17 & 18
JUL 1948 – TDP-1 Transmitter s/n 24 & 44; UE-1 Timers s/n 50 & 77
1964 - T-137 Transmitters
|Personnel Allowance:|| DEC 1953 – LTJG, ETC, BM1, CS1, EN1, ET1, HM1, DC2, ET2, EN2, RM2, 3 ET3, EN3, FN, SN
JAN 1953 – LTJG, ETC, ET2, 4 ET3, RM2, CS1, HM1, EN1, EN3, DC2, BM1, 2 SN
|Miscellaneous:||ICHI BANARE - official military name - commonly known as IKE SHIMA or OKINAWA
OCT 1945 – Station off air because of a typhoon – returned on air service 10 OCT 1945
1948 – Equipment upgrade completed.
1950 – ecv project 541-50 reconstruct station.
27 JUN 1950 – 27 JUL 1954: Koran War Service Medal
1964 - Station operation transferred to GESASHI
|Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
|1st CO: LTJG Melvin D. Sargent MAY 1945 – 19 JAN 1946
CO: LT Ernest H. Burt 19 JAN 1946 – 17 MAR 1947
CO: ENS Leslie A. Mears 17 MAR 1947 -?
OINC: CRE L. J. DeGraw ? – 27 SEP 1948
CO: ENS William F. Tighe 27 SEP 1948
CO: LT Robert J. Mackle ? – 20 SEP 1950
CO: LTJG John P. Obarski 20 SEP 1950 - ?
CO LTJG Eugene Verrett 1955
CO: LTJG Thomas H. Clilton 1956 - AUG 1957
CO: LTJG Crook Steward AUG 1957 - AUG 1958
CO: LTJG Richard Rounsville AUG 1958 - 05 AUG 1959
CO: LTJG M. Abarbanell 05 AUG 1959 - 1960
CO: LTJG John C. Armocost 1960 - 1961
CO: LTJG Richard J. Marcott 1961 - 1962
CO: LT Thomas Sullivan 1963 – 1964
Last CO: LTJG Leon Beaudin 1964
~1962 - Feature of the Week - submitted by Charles "Mac" McLean (pdf)
Fred's Place Reunion Hall
17 MAR 1947 - CoC Ltr - pdf
07 JUL 1948 - CGC Inspection Report - pdf
27 SEP 1948 - CoC Ltr - pdf
29 SEP 1949 - Request for change of mail address - pdf
24 APR 1950 - ecv project 451-50 funding request - pdf
20 SEP 1950 - CoC Ltr - pdf
27 JUL 1964 - COMDT Letter Operating Plan - pdf
17 AUG 1964 - Loran-A stations; Far East Section; Disestablishment and transfer of - pdf
Picture from google earth.
The below photos were located at NARA Washington, DC
(USCG Official photos)
Aerial view c./JUN 1948
Aerial View c./Jun 1948
Airfield - LORSTA in the background c./Jun 1948
CO's Quarters - c./Jun 1948
Chief's Quarters & Office - Mess Hall & Galley - Crew's Quarters c./May 1950
LCM on main Okinawa - c./May 1950
The Photos below were contributed by Ralph L Emerson (Nov 56 - Nov 57)
The station c./1957
Another view of the station c./1957
Beverage Antenna Field
Below a steep bluff, faced with intricate cut stone blocks and less than
50 feet from the high tide mark was a fresh water spring that flowed
The water flowed into a cement catch basin and we pumped water out of it, in the AM to the station and in the late PM, water was pumped to the village, where it went flowedinto a cement trough, where the villagers could get their water and take it to where they lived....
The pump house showed scars of WW ll, where bullets had hit it........
WWII 50ft LCM
LCM washed up on the beach after a typhoon passed by - local villagers assisting
LTJG Thomas Chilton (CO)
Ralph at the entrance (Notice the station name)
Standing L to R: ET2 Stoner; ET2 Miller; RM2 Hale; DC2 Elyis; FNEN
Morris; SN Button; SN Flick
Kneeling L to R: ETC ?; BMC Hardy, PO1 Bracken; BM1 Horsley; PO1 Poccnii; PO1 McDorman; PO2 ?; HM1 Baker; EN3 Givens
Road Detail Jan 1957
Front Row Kneeling L to R: FN Ahsue; HM1 Baker; FN Ralph Emerson; SN Uyehiera; EN2 Givens
Bach Row L to R: EN1 Magee; USMC Grade Operator; LTJG Thomas Chilton (CO); USMC Grade operator; BMC Hardy
Road Detail Jan 1957
L to R: HM1 Baker; FN Ahsue; FN Ralph Emerson; USMC Grade operator; EN2 Givens; SN Uyehiera; EN1 Magee
Standing: Left: LTJG Thomas Chilton (CO) Right: BMC Hardy
Generator Room after it was painted
SOME OF THE CREW
RM2 Jones at the "KEY"
FN Ahsue at work
EN3 Lo working on truck
HMC Steele and EN1Magee checking out the outboard motor
DC Haggbloom (Chips) and FN Ahsue in the DC Shop
EN1 Magee, HMC Steele, Lupton
EN1 Magee, FN Ahsue, BM2 Lupton
Chips at the wheel
Jim Ahsue at the front of the station
SN Packer & BM2 Lupton
Chips in the rack
SN Davis, HM1 Baker, EN2 Givens, RM2 Jones, EN1 Magee
Having a few cold ones in the barracks
Ralph Emerson, Uyehiera, Magee, Lupton, Jones, Sadoco, Terp
Chips (DC3) and EN3 Karl Lo
ETC Francis "Porky" Beckwith in the pit
ET2 Calvin Miller in the pit
RM2 Jones thinking of home
To the left is Miyagshima Island when I was there, no bridges existed, as you see a bridge to the left....
The village was supplied by taxi boats and you can see the village in the foreground of the island.....
Our life line was a 50' LCM and it was moored in the lagoon just over the top of the green hill where the bridge connects too............
Once a week we would load the CO, driving one of our trucks, into the well deck of the LCM and take him across to the main island for food, mail, movies, pay and a PX run etc then return to Kim beach late in the day and pick him up !! The station was at the far end of the island, about in the center, you can see a brown area, that would be the spot....
On the left side, about midway you can see a white dot, that would be water tanks and over the bluff to the left was a spring that we pumped water from......Twice a day, in the morning we pumped to the station and in the afternoon to the village.........
In the late 90's I was trying to track down what happened to my home away from home and made a great contact, a X Marine who ran the U S O at Camp Hansen (USMC base) and he saw this picture on the front of a magazine at a local bank and sent it to me...........
Kids and Festival
The Habu was a deadly pit viper, which I reduced the Habu population by six ....
I created this sign and put it on our only road about 100 yards from the station...
Coincidentally all the snakes that met their demise were killed beyond this sign, except for one....
That one met his or her demise in the crews quarters....In the room used for the sea bag storage was kept hot ( 500 watt bulb burnt 24/7 ) to prevent mold, mildew etc.
A skin that a snake had shed was found, so the CO wanted the building sealed and exhaust from one of the trucks flowed into the crews quarters for a day, did it kill the snake was the question....
A couple mornings later as everyone was getting ready for morning muster, one of the guys was sitting on the commode, when someone noticed a Habu coming out of a wooden box, which was used to hold paper towels just above his back...........Needless to say he made a fast exit with pants at half mast and the snake didn't live another day.........
A young village boy was bitten in both lower legs, our HMC stayed with the boy all night using ice and tourniquets to control swelling till daylight and a USAF helicopter could fly him to a hospital............
The Lockheed '' Blackbird '' the A-12 ( CIA ) and SR-71 ( USAF )
nicknamed the Habu flying missions in and out of Kadena AFB
The Habu patch was only awarded to the crews who had flown operational sorties..
The photos below were contributed by Charles "Mac" McLean
"Mac" McLean Circa 1961