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LORAN STATION KURE ISLAND
28 23.7N - 178 17.5W (Oct 1, 1964)
28 23 41.770 N 178 17 30.200 W
(WGS-72)
28 23 41.903 N 178 17 29.646 W (WGS-84)

Pictures

Fact Sheet

Site Survey:

William Liming - site survey member
9 OCT – 6 NOV 1959

Construction Date

Station construction commenced in 1960.
Station located on Green Island

Constructed by:

 

Established:

180300Z MAR 1961- Commissioned

Disestablished:

JAN 1993

Operated by:

USCG

Chain:

1961 – 1969: HAWAIIAN
1969 – 1992: CENTRAL PACIFIC

Station Letter designation:

“Y”

Station code name:

DOOR VI

Station Unit Number:

1961 - 14-350530

Address: USCG Naval Station Box 36 96614
FPO SF 96619

Radio Call Sign:

1961 - NRO7 Loran C Net
KO7
KH6EDY

Station aka:

 

On-air testing date:

SH-4: 1961

Operational date:

211000Z JUL 1961

Operations Ceased:

31 DEC 1992

Station Operation:

Single SLAVE/SECONDARY “YANKEE”

Station pair:

SH-4, S-1, 4990: JOHNSTON ISLAND, UPOLO PT

Loran Rate:

SH-4, S-1, 4990

On-Air:

SH-4, 211000Z JUL 1961
S-1, 1969
4990, 25 FEB 1975

Off-Air

SH-4, 1969 Change of rate
S-1, 25 FEB 1975 Change of rate
4990, 312400Z DEC 1992

Monitor Rate:

 

Equipment:

1961 - AN/FRN-41/42, 300Kw
mid 80's - AN/FPN-42 mod, 225Kw

Antenna Type: 625ft TLM tower

Personnel Allowance:

 

Station Mascot A Monkey - since construction of station
1962 - ? Bridgette Bardot
1965 - Porky (pig)
1971 - Honey (Bridgette daughter)
1975 - Sigmund
1977 - Dogs transferred to French Frigate Shoals

Miscellaneous:

21 SEP 1959 – KURE declared a Bird Sanctuary under “Bird Project”

06 SEP 1960 Site Survey Report declassified

19 JUN 1961 - C-121 with 84 passengers & crew made a emergency landing during a heavy storm. Provided relieve to 76 passengers.

1962 – CO (Ltjg Bates) and DC2 Young capsized runabout and spent several hours in the water.

APR 1970 – Unit received letter of commendation from Mr. Goddard for the assistance with the translunar injection phase of the Apollo 13 recovery.

1971 – raised the first baby Monk seal in captivity; per Hawaiian Fisheries and game

Dec 1986 – “Christmas with MacDonald at Kure” . MacDonald crew from Honolulu was 'stranded' overnight due to a mechanical problem with the C-130.

Summer 1987 – Discovery Channel on island to film the NMFS Monk Seal project.

Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge

1st CO: LTJG J J Muldoon 1960 - 1961
2nd CO: LTJG Kenneth W Bates 1961 - 1962
3rd CO: LTJG David M McCann 1962 - 1963
4th CO: LTJG J B Goodwin 1963 - MAY 1964
5th CO: LTJG David A Worth May 1964 – May 1965
6th CO: LTJG R D Greenough MAY 1965 - MAY 1966
7th CO: LTJG Joseph J Smith MAY 1966 - APR 1967
8th CO: LTJG Phil J Connell APR 1967 - APR 1968
9th CO: LTJG William S Denham APR 1968 - 1969
10th CO: LTJG Ray Tusken 1969 - 1970
11th CO: LTJG Malcolm B Playfair 1970 - MAR 1971
12th CO: LTJG Joel I Greenberg MAR 1971 - APR 1972
13th CO: LTJG Robert Hoyt APR 1972 - 1973
14th CO: LTJG Byrant M Nodine 1973 – JUN 1974
15th CO: LTJG John Larned JUN 1974 – JUN 1975
16th CO: LTJG Deryck Bratton JUN 1975 - 1976
17th CO: LTJG Jerzy Kichner 1976 - 1977
18th CO: LTJG Henry Bailey 1977 - 1978

19th CO: LTJG James W Stark 1978 - 1979
20th CO: LTJG Michael D Farrell 1979 - 1980
21st CO: LTJG Daniel C Whiting 1980 - 1980
22nd CO: LTJG Michael Scanlon 1980 - 1981
23rd CO: LTJG Dennis Holland APR 1982 - APR 1983
24th CO: LTJG David L Hill APR 1983 - 13 APR 1984

25th CO: LTJG David Ely 13 APR 1984 – 12 APR 1985
26th CO: LTJG Luilla Lee 12 APR 1985 - 09 APR 1986
27th CO: LTJG Michael D Sakahara 09 APR 1986 – MAR 1987
28th CO: LTJG Robert W Sheen MAR 1987 – 05 APR 1988
29th CO: LTJG Jeff S Schnieder 05 APR 1988 - 1989
30th CO: LTJG John M Fitzgerald 1989 - 1990
31st CO: LTJG Fred J Milbury 1990 - 1991
32nd CO: LTJG James B Nicholson 1991 - 1992

Last CO: LTJG Caruso 1992 - 1993

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:  OLD  NEW

Documents:

10 AUG 1959 - Aeronautical Study - pdf
250135Z SEP 1959 - Bird Project - pdf
260449Z SEP 1959 - Assist in obtaining Right of Entry- pdf

16 OCT 1959 - Acquisition of Land Summary Letter - pdf
17 FEB 1960 - Boat Trailer Procurment - pdf
04 APR 1960 - Boat Dock - pdf
26 APR 1960 - Right-of-entry-to - pdf
192126Z MAR 1961 - Commissioning Msg - pdf

11 MAY 1961 - Establishment of LORAN C Central Pacific - pdf

Pictures  Click on picture for larger image

Loran Station Kure Island

Picture from google earth.

Loran Station Kure Island circa 1970

The below phots were contributed by Reginald Flye c./1975-76

Aerial view of the island

Last C-47 in service

LTJG Deryck Bratton (CO) 1975 - 1976


1975 Kure Island Christmas crew

1976 Kure Island Christmas crew

Transmitter Building

Thanks Reginald!

Photo contributed by Angus MacFeeley

Site of the Transmitting Antenna

Thanks Gus!

The Below photos were contributed by Steve Grenier c./1979-80

Some of the crew

The runway

Inbound Log Flight

Roof top of the barracks

LTJG Stark escorted to unofficial Change of Command

ENS Farrell relieving LTJG Stark

The Beach Shack

The dock

19' Boston Whale

Beach looking towards South Point

Sunset

Christmas Card

Thanks Steve!

The below photos were contributed by Ernest Hawes c./1979

1979 Crew

Indigenous Personnel

Kure Sign

Replacement sign

Lobster Fishing

More of Lobster Fishing

Dinner

Glass Fish Balls

MARS Station

LORAN C Transmitting Tower

Thanks Ernest!

Station Hat
Contributed by Don Perillo

Thanks Don!

The below photos were contribed by Bill Ferrary c./1970

Dog (the seal): I arrived shortly after Dog became part of the crew (02/02/1970). The story I got from Curry is this. ET3 Curry found Dog abandoned on the beach, Mom was dead or deserted the pup. The skip wanted Curry to leave the animal alone and so be it because the brass was around. An Admiral visiting the island got wind of it all and ordered Curry to take care of the seal; and I guess the Admiral worked it out with the skip to save face.

Curry contacted a group in Honolulu for advice. From that Curry, with help from some of us, constructed  the artificial Mom with a neoprene teat for the formula concoction, a burlap cover and a bulb for heat.  After that we were on our own. Dog got the name because he barked like a dog, and we didn't know if Dog was male we just assumed. Along the way we taught Dog to eat mullet. We chopped the fish up and literally had to shove it down his throat with a stick. Curry introduced Dog to swimming by throwing him off the pier, he was a natural, and of course we jumped in with him. When it was time to head back to the buildings Dog would bark and follow us back and much of the time he would stay with Mom as best I can remember. Trying to get Dog to head off on his own did become an issue, he didn't want to leave. However, one day he was gone.  

A few months later near the end of my tour, I walked up on a seal that was obviously dwarfed and solo. As you know if you approached a seal it moved away as you got too close. The seal I encountered held its ground and was very docile. I strongly suspected it might have been Dog. Several others looked at him although they were too new on the island to know much about it. I think the skip sent a message off to Honolulu in regard to it all.

During the course of my year Doc walked up on another abandoned seal pup. This one was in bad shape. Doc maintained it for a few days and then it died.

During the time of Dog, National Geographic was writing a book on Hawaii. The main author spent two weeks with us, interviewing, observing, etc. The result was several pages on Kure and the interviews centered around a fictional composite character; but seemed mainly based on ET3 Curry's experiences. I don't remember if much was mentioned about Dog. I think the author's name was Graves.

Dog Chillin'

Dog getting a bath

Dog with Mom

Honey

This only happened once during my year. In looking back I'm astounded that I could have done this. Today I'm nervous on an 8 ft. ladder. Anyway we had a civilian crew doing maintenance on the antenna. They would hang off that thing and work all day doing whatever it was they did. During this period SN Aldana and I had the opportunity to climb the antenna. It was turned off, we jumped on and during the climb I don't remember if it was turned back on; kind of like birds on a wire I guess.  These pics are from the top, took about 45 minutes to climb. I just can't believe that at one time that kind of stuff just didn't bring a sweat.

We sponsored a Vietnamese girl. This was started long before I arrived. I ran the Port-o-Bandon exchange and continued sending some dollars every month. Don't know how legit it was nor how much longer it continued.

Ah, the Long Timer badge. That thing cost me a lot of beer. The rule was it had to shine and be in your possession if asked to show it. There was a Short Timer badge too, same rules. If you failed the test you bought the dude a beer, basically he took a beer and put a check mark next to your name. This was eventually voted done and over with at a crew meeting. Because I was well known as the beer benefactor the crew felt a sense of sorrow and awarded me the Long Timer badge. I don't remember who if anyone got the Short Timer badge.

The patch needs no explanation, but the kicking of the transmitter might. If the transmitter stopped working the first fix was a swift kick in the side at a special spot. This got rid of the ants clogging up a relay and boom, back in business. As an ET it was the first thing I actually knew how to fix.

Loster anyone?

...I spent 1970 on Kure, so there is a lot that happened in the world in 1970 that I missed. Of course we had the Radio station at Midway, and mail was always 2-3 weeks or more after the fact. And Apollo 13, about which I knew nothing that I can recall. I first came across your website maybe 3-4 years ago? I then saw in the history list that Kure during my time was acknowledge by a Mr. Goddard for I suppose its accurate uptime during the Apollo 13 recovery. That immediately brought me back to mid year 1976. 

...was monthly meetings, dinner/drinks and speaker. Well I went to the monthly meeting. During drinks and meet and greet I wound up chatting with the speaker, a real nice interesting man, said he worked for NASA. Well dinner goes on and the speaker starts. He introduced himself as Jim Lovell ( this is years before the movie) and proceeds to talk about his trip to the moon. At that time I was still not aware of Apollo 13. But during Lovell's talk he explained all that went on; the explosion, fixing it with cardboard, remarking that failure was not an option and what could have happened on the return trip. Come in too direct - burn to a crisp; too much angle - skip out forever. I was pretty amazed with his story. Then the movie came out, I realized gee, that was really serious; and I met that guy. Years later I saw your site and that note about Apollo 13. I said, damn. Here I was one on one talking with Capt. Jim Lovell for at least 20 minutes and as small as it was he was chatting with this young guy (me) who had a minor hand in LORAN uptime accuracy during the Apollo 13 recovery as acknowledged by a Mr. Goddard at NASA. Crazy, neither of us knew.

I mentioned Galveston... My next door neighbor's place was rented out to a small family for the week. We waved and acknowledged each other during the day. Well on their last day the dad and I got to talking and it turns out he was in the USCG, and that alone doesn't happen very often. But as we got deeper in our chat I asked where he spent his time (you know where this is going). He said some island. I asked doing what? Oh he said LORAN. I said , really, so did I. Where? Kure Island. After I mentally picked myself off the floor. He told he was part of the last crew that decommissioned the station. Unfortunately I have since lost his name and number.

Thanks Bill!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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