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Welcome to Loran-History.info
In memory of ETC Joe Jester

These pages remember the Coast Guardsmen, who served aboard Loran-A, Loran-C stations, and other Loran billets worldwide. These dedicated Coasties are but a few who provided radio navigation signals to millions of navigators. These pages wouldn't exist except through the efforts of MCPO Bill Dietz, USCG(ret). Bill has spent numerous hours for over a score of years collecting the information you find here.

If you wish to add your information to the database, just fill out the Contact us form. Bill or I will update the list.

We are looking for pictures and stories.  If you wish to contribute, please Contact Us. Look in your spam/junk mail for a reply.

 Joe (February 13, 1953 - November 15, 2020)


U.S. preparing to dispose of old Loran sites – Is that important?



Is there Loran items you have that need a home - I have such a home for documents, photos, rosters, manauls, Register of CG Officers or anything else related to loran. Please use contact us to send a short list of items that you would like to find a home for.

Looking for 1970 - 1979/1985 - 1999 Register of Officers
If you have a copy that is looking for a good home please contact me.


20 AUG 2023: Status of the Loran History web site

Projects that are in the works:

1. CDR Gary Thomas (ret) and I are working toward publishing a Loran History book. This is an all-out effort on both parties with the understanding there are other priorities also.

2. I just returned from a six-week research trip to Boston and College Park archives. Now to sort and define the material for the web site and book.

3. Updating the web site is a chore in itself. A summary of what goes into this:
Standardize the format of the web page, review all records to ensure accuracy, search the NARA catalog, FOLD3, newspapers.com and the web itself for new information. While updating both the personnel roster and an internal matrix of the material. A web page can take anywhere from a day to a couple weeks pending the amount of material.

After an update and you get an error message from a stored bookmark it may require to reestablish the bookmark from the Home page.

4. Assist others in their family or book research or work with the CG Historian office.

5. Not all material is posted as there are others who believe if it is on the web then it is free. I was one of those at one time. I am converted, the research hours (5 to 8 hours per day, 7 days a week) made a true believer in respecting work of others.

6. This site is self-supported. It is a hobby that, as my spouse states, is my full-time retirement job. It keeps me out of trouble!

7. Please donate your Loran photos, stories or anything else that you would like to contribute to this project. And of course, if there should be an error, send an email with the details.



McMullen Naval History Symposium LORAN presentation



After a hard day's work of scanning
L to R: Bill and CDR Gary Thomas, USCG (ret.)

Loran Station GIS, a zipped google earth file with Loran Stations Locations by Michael Greene

Received this study (pdf) for distribution.

LORAN-C Legacy: The End of an Era
Social History and Operations of LORAN-C
United States Coast Guard

Received notice via an All Coast Guard message that Bill and I had received the Foundation for Coast Guard History's recipients of the Multimedia Award for this site.  We are humbled by this recognition and thank the 1918 Foundation for the Multimedia Award.

Ray is going a great job of hosting this and we support him temendously however the loran-history site and the Facebook group are two independent identities. If you would like to post something on either site the material should be sent to that site.


Ray Rebmann asked to pass this info:

small loranimal

Facebook pages for Loran Veterans


Coast Guard Foundation for History

Foundation for Coast Guard History

Final Report on Loran Transmitter X-Ray Exposure (pdf file)

"The View From the Top" - By CDR Carl Burkhart USCG (Ret) - pdf 
(This article was published in CGA Alumni "The Bulletin",Vol 72, No 5


MIT Radiation Lab - Loran was Division 11

MIT Radiation Lab
MIT - Radiation Laboratory Series - Vol 4 - LORAN
Pierce, McKenzie, Woodward

What's new:

26 MAY 2024: updated Personnel roster; Amchitka; Aquadilla, Cape Christian
16 MAY 2024: updated Personnel roster
15 MAY 2024: updated Shoal Cove
07 MAY 2024: updated Matratin with Charles Kelly photos and memoir
03 MAY 2024: updated Bikati
28 APR 2024: updated Wake Island, Point Arguello and Personnel Roster
24 APR 2024: updated Molokai
22 APR 2024: updated the Rememberances page
21 APR 2024: updated Atafu web page
07 APR 2024: updated the Personnel Roster
04 APR 2024: updated Talampulan
21 MAR 2024: updated Spruce Cape web page and added Gary Risch 1952-54 photos
17 MAR 2024: Updated Kami Seya web page
07 MAR 2024: Updated Batan web page; updated Personnel Roster
19 FEB 2024: Updated Personnel Roster
12 FEB 2024: Update LMS Fuchu
07 FEB 2024: Updated LMS St. George
06 FEB 2024: Updated Cape Christian data sheet and Charlie Huber crew photos, Robert Newton 1955-56 Arctic certificate
04 FEB 2024: Updated Nantucket web page; Personnel Roster
02 JAN 2024: Updated Personnel roster
23 DEC 2023: Updated the Personnel roster
24 NOV 2023: Posted SPANISH TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY - CG LORAN STATION ESTACA DE VARES. John Wcislo, Co 1976-77 was interviewed for this presentation. It is mostly in Castilian Spanish and Galician.
06 NOV 2023: Added Phil Dolin photo collection to Lampang web page
05 NOV 2023: Posted an updated Personnel roster.
29 OCT 2023: Updated Carolina Beach and Personnel Roster
07 OCT 2023: Added Tom Orr additional photos to TanMy; Posted updated Personnel roster
30 SEP 2023: Updated Con Son
23 SEP 2023: Updated Tan My
17 SEP 2023: Posted updated Personnel roster
16 SEP 2023: Updated LMS Udorn
11 SEP 2023: Updated Sattahip and Lampang
07 SEP 2023: Updated Sattahip, Personnel roster
27 AUG 2023: Updated LMS Keflavik
20 AUG 2023: Updated the Personnel Roster
24 JUN 2023: Added Dave Colburn photos to Port Clarence web page
23 JUN 2023: Updated Sandur web page
19 JUN 2023: Posted updated the Personnel Roster.
28 MAY 2023: Updated the Personnel Roster.
01 MAY 2023: Updated the Personnel roster, thanks to Wes Wessling for the suggestion of using previous and last name of the station. Now one can search for either name or CG Unit number (currently for WWII units)
23 APR 2023: Updated Niihau web page with Alphonso Grasse 1946 photos, weekly menu
22 APR 2023: Updated Tarumpitao web page
16 APR 2023: Updated Personnel Roster
06 APR 2023: Updated Personnel Roster
28 MAR 2023: Updated Upolu Point web page
21 MAR 2023: Updated San Salvador web page
09 MAR 2023: Updated Batan web page
07 MAR 2023: Updated Personnel Roster
28 FEB 2023: Updated Kwajalein web page
12 FEB 2023: Updated Personnel Roster
24 JAN 2023: Updated Montauk Point
22 JAN 2023: Updated Personnel Roster
21 JAN 2023: Updated Point Arena, Point Arguello, Point Grenville, Cape Blanco, Spring Island
02 JAN 2023: Updated the Personnel Roster