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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

Pictures

Fact Sheet

Site Survey:

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

Construction Date

Station construction commenced in 1960.
18 MAR 1961 - station commissioned.
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

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

Antenna Type: 625ft TWR

Personnel Allowance:

 

Station Mascot A Monkey - since construction of station
1962 - ? Bridgette Bardot
 
1965 - Porky (pig)
1971 - Honey (Bridgette daughter)

Miscellaneous:

21 SEP 1959 – KURE declared a Bird Sanctuary under “Bird Project”
06 SEP 1960 Site Survey Report declassified
APR 1970 – Unit received letter of commendation from Mr. Goddard for the assistance with the translunar injection phase of the Apollo 13 recovery.
1962 – CO and DC capsized runabout and spent several hours in the water.
1971 – raised the first baby Monk seal in captivity; per Hawaii Fisheries and game
Provided relieve to 76 passengers
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
CO: LTJG Bates 1961 -1962
CO: LTJG David McCann 1962 - 1963
CO: LTJG J. B. Goodwin 1963 - MAY 1964
CO: LTJG David A Worth May 1964 – May 1965
CO: LTJG Dean Greenough MAY 1965 - 1966
CO: LT Connell 1967 - 1968
CO: LTJG Malcolm B Playfair 1970 - 1971
CO: LTJG Joel Greenberg 1971 - 1972
CO: LTJG Robert Hoyt 1972 - 1973
CO: LTJG Byrant Nolan 1973 – JUN 1974
CO: LTJG John Larned JUN 1974 – JUN 1975
CO: LTJG Derek Bratton JUN 1975 -
CO: LTJG Jerzy Kichner 1976 - 1977
CO: LTJG Henry Bailey 1977 - 1978

CO: LTJG James Stark 1978 - 1979
CO: LTJG Mike Farrell – 1979 - 1980
CO: LTJG Daniel C Whiting 1980 - 1980
CO: LTJG Mike Scanlon 1980 - 1981
CO: LTJG Dennis Holland 1982 - APR 1983
CO: LTJG David Hill APR 1983 - APR 1984

CO: LTJG David Ely APR 1984 – FEB 1985
CO: LTJG Luilla Lee FEB 1985 - MAR 1986
CO: LTJG Michael D Sakahara MAR 1986 – MAR 1987
CO: LTJG Robert W Sheen MAR 1987 – MAR 1988
CO: LTJG Jeff Schnieder MAR 1988 - 1989
CO: LTJG John M Fitzgerald 1989 - 1990
CO: LTJG Fred J Milbury 1990 - 1991
CO: LTJG James B Nicholson 1991 - 1992

Last CO: LTJG Caruso 1992 - 1993
CO: LTJG Mike Farrell – Year Unknown
CO: LTJG David A Worth – Year Unknown
CO: LTJG Jerzy J Kichner mid 70's

 

Documents:

10 AUG 1959 - Aeronautical Study (pdf)
250135Z SEP 1959 - Land Acquisition Msg (pdf)
260449Z SEP 1959 - Bird Project (pdf)

04 APR 1960 - Boat Dock - (pdf)
192126Z MAR 1961 - Commissioning Msg (pdf)

Pictures  Click on picture for larger image

Loran Station Kure Island

Picture from google earth.

Loran Station Kure Island circa 1970

 

Last C-47 in service

LTJG Bratton (CO) 1975 - 1976

1975 Kure Christmas crew

Christmas card c./1976

Transmitter Building

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

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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!

 

 

 

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