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LORAN STATION SAIPAN ISLAND
15 07 46.76 N 145 41 38.11 E

Pictures

Fact Sheet

Site Survey:

SEP/OCT 1944

Construction Date

5 NOV 1944 16 NOV 1944
1 MAR 1945 Station commissioned turnover to 14th District
1952 - rebuilt permanent cinder block
1956 - rebuilt permanent cinder block

Constructed by:

CONSTRUCTION DET C

Established:

NOV 1944

Disestablished:

JAN 1978 

Operated by:

USCG

Chain:

THE MARIANAS

Station Letter designation:

2L3 A
4H3 S

Station code name:

 

Station Unit Number:

337

Radio Call Sign:

NRV2

Station aka:

SAIPAN

On-air testing date:

16 NOV 1944 - Station ready to go on-air
27 NOV 1944

Operational date:

16 DEC 1944 

Operations Ceased:

312400Z DEC 1977

Station Operation:

Single MASTER (SM)

Station pair:

4H3, 2H3 - GUAM (COCOS)
2L3 - GUAM (OROTE PT)

Loran Rate:

4H3, 2H3, 2L3 

On-Air:

4H3 16 DEC 1944
2H3 - 1 JUN 1952
2L3 - 1 MAY 1953

Off-Air

4H3 1953 Change of Rate
2H3 - 1 MAY 1953 Change of Rate
2L3 312400Z DEC 1977 Loran A phased out

Monitor Rate:

 

Equipment:

1948 UE-1 Timers installed
1952 UE-1/TDP

Personnel Allowance:

JAN 1953 LTJG, ETC, ET2, 4 ET3, RM2, CS1, HM1, EN1, EN3, BM1, SN

Miscellaneous:

2/3 island off-limits training techniques Tawian Chinese in infiltration CIA
11 APR 1967 - Typhoon Jean - station off air
1967 Station name changed to SAIPAN ISLAND
Hotel now sit on site

Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge

ENS Robert O Leming 1945 - 1946
CO: LT White 1952
CO: LTJG Flanagan 1956 - 1957
CO: LTJG Guy Mizzel 1957 - 1958
CO: LTJG Daniel C. Oslon 1958 - 1959
CO: LTJG Dolan 1961
CO: LTJG Art Mergner JUL 1966 - AUG 1967
CO: LTJG Melvin Sellers AUG 1967- JUL 1969
CO: LTJG T. H. Thomson JUL 1969
Last CO: LTJG Timothy S Sullivan 1977 - 1978

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:  Old   New
Documents:

Marianas Loran Chain; operation of - pdf
07 APR 1948 - USCGC KUKUI inspection report - incomplete - pdf

Pictures - Click on picture for larger image

Loran Station Saipan Island

Picture from google earth.

Loran Station Saipan Island circa 1955
Loran Station circa 1955

Loran Station Saipan Crew circa 1955
1955 Crew

Loran Station Saipan Island circa 1968
Loran Station circa 1968


LTJG M.L. SELLERS/LT ART MERGNER
Change of Command Aug 1967

The below photos were contributed by Melvin L. Sellers, LT, USCG (ret)

Saipan
Saipan - Saipan Loran Station, Kobler Field in foreground, Loran Station in upper center of photo,
large green area is location 125 ft transmitting tower, family housing near highway

Saipan Station Sign (homemade)
Homemade sign

Saipan Signal Power Building
Signal Power Building

Saipan after Typhoon Jean - 4/11/1968
Saipan Loran Station, made after Typhoon Jean which hit on 4/11/1968,
125 ft tower has been replaced, but roof on Signal/Power Building has not been replaced

Saipan_1967_barracks_&_messhall
Saipan, 1967, Barracks Building, left; Mess Hall, right; this is the way it looked when I became CO

Saipan_after_11apr68
Saipan, Barracks and Mess Hall, after 11 April 1968, note Typhoon Jean damage to trees,
building painted "desert sand" which was a more pleasing color

Tower blown off pedastal
Tower blown off pedestal during Typhoon Jean.

Tower Fell -- 12 Apr 1968
Tower damage - 12 Apr 1968

Saipan - 1969, after rehab
1969 - after rehab.

C123 from Guam, Dec 1967
C123 from Guam, Dec 1967

Commanding Officer's Quarters
Commanding Officer's Quarters

Communications Center, 1968
Communications Center, Loran Station Saipan, 1968

Generator Room - showing GE #3 and Distribution Panel
Generator room showing Generator #3 and the Distribution Panel.

Generator Room, showing generators 1 and 2, circa 1968
Generator room showing generators 1 and 2, circa 1968

Loran - A Transmitter
Loran-A Transmitter, probably 20 years old in 1969, and ticking like it was brand new.

Timer Room, circa 1968
Timer room, circa 1968.  Loran A timers and Switching unit on the right, Loran-C recorders on the left.

Station Patch, circa 1968
Station Patch, circa 1968

Sellers-Thompson, Change of Command
Change of Command, Lt Sellers relieved by Ltjg Thomson
22 Jul 1969 Letter of Relief (pdf file)

Thanks Melvin!

Photo contributed by Angus MacFeeley


c./1978

Thanks Gus!

Photos below were contributed by Jack Winslade c./1969

Signal/power building

'The Bomb!'
Junker Karmann-Ghia 14, unauthorized and unlicensed station vehicle. 
Occasionally admitted to be owned by ET3 Bernie Rice.

SN John Hewitt prepares tape for radioteletype transmission. 
Comms console in background.

AN/SPN-29 LORAN-C monitoring receivers
Thanks Jack!
The below photos was contributed by Charlie Ingram c./1961

Standing L to R:  CS2 "Dino" Bernabe, ET2 Randall ?, SNET Charles W. Ingram, ET2 Billy Salter
EN3 Flor, EN3 Timko, ET2 Melvin Schuldt
Sitting L to R: SN, EN1, Jesus Cruz (Civ Cook) BMC Glokowski, Civ

BMC Glokowski and Charlie on the basketball court after inspection 1961 or 1962
Thanks Charlie!
The photo below was contributed by Mike Blaschum
This was our groundskeeper whom we named Joe Booney. While mowing the field, Joe would occasionally run into some unexploded ordinance from the war. We would put it in an underground storage area until the Navy EOD team would come down and detonate it.
Joe lived in the hills during the war and supposedly 2 Japanese soldiers came to his hut and tried to kidnap his daughter. Joe fought them off and threw them both off the mountain. (his story, not mine) I did believe him though. He was one tough guy.
Thanks Mike!
The below photos were contributed by Paul Magdarz c./1978
Thanks Paul!
The photos below were contributed by Loel Reinhart
His father Loel J Reinhart (ET) served at the station in 1946

c./1946

Loel J Reinhart with suicide hill in the background

Fred Hohn
Thanks Loel!

 

 

 

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