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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)



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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.


McMullen Naval History Symposium Coast Guard presentations




In the next couple months the site will reorganize and some links will not be working. Should you get a page error (HTTP Error 404 - Not Found) using a previous bookmark please go to the home page and select the web page you desire.

31 JUL 2022: Today the Personnel Roster surpassed 20,000 line entries. Please review and should there be an error or you named does not appear send your info via contact us. The roster is for PCS orders, not TAD. There are numerous reasons for TAD such as visits, installation and construction crews or the station just needed assistance.


Received this update from Bob Hinds CG Retiree Services Program Manager (CG-13)

For those CG Veterans/Retirees who served at LORAN Station Eniwetok Atoll.

The VA continues in efforts to study potential radiological effects of atomic testing and cleanup of Eniwetok Atoll. The administration reminds all Veterans to talk to their health care professional and file a claim with the VA if they believe they have health issues related to radiological exposure at Eniwetok Atoll. 

I believe that Johnston Island and French Frigate Shoals would fit into this study also.  - Bill


UPDATE: Received a message from DVA concerning Agent Orange in Thailand


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

Loranimal patches are available.  Visit this page to contact Ray.  The actual patch is depicted on the contact page as well as the history behind the patch.

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:

04 DEC 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
12 NOV 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
30 OCT 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster - numerous additions to USCGC KUKUI
18 SEP 2022; Updated the Personnel Roster - numerous additions to the Philippine and SE Asia stations
04 SEP 2022: Updated Cape Christian's Steve Fedorchak photo collection; Updated ATTU Dennis Hilliard photo collection; Updated Personnel Roster
31 JUL 2022: Updated Catanduanes Data sheet, Posted Steve Fedorchak (1971-73) Cape Christian photos; Updated Personnel Roster
20 JUL 2022: Updated Upolu Point
17 JUL 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
12 JUL 2022: Updated Lampedusa
04 JUL 2022: Revamped Grangeville
27 JUN 2022: Updated Pusan
19 JUN 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
12 JUN 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
04 JUN 2022: Revamped Angaur
29 MAY 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
15 MAY 2022: Updated the Personnel Roster
12 MAY 2022: Revamped Malone
07 MAY 2022: Revamped Niihau
30 APR 2022: Posted CDFO-2000-C Austron Loran-C tech manual
28 APR 2022: Updated the Personal Roster, Estartit information sheet
05 APR 2022 - Updated and revamped Cape Atholl
03 APR 2022 - Added AN/SPN-30 Tech Manual; 1961 Omega Steering Committee Report; ITT Loran-C Receiving Sets
20 MAR 2022 - Updated the Rememberances page with Joe's info
13 MAR 2022 - Updated Personnel Roster
07 MAR 2022 - Posted 1959 Jansky & Bailey Engineering Evaluation of the Loran-C Navigation System
25 FEB 2022 - Updated Personnel Roster
14 FEB 2022 - Revamped Cape Christian
06 FEB 2022 - Updated Ichi Banare (Ike Shima)
30 JAN 2022 - Updated Personnel Roster
25 JAN 2022 - Updated Wake Island
23 JAN 2022 - Updated Catanduanes
20 JAN 2022 - Revamped French Frigate Shoals
17 JAN 2022 - Updated the Personnel Roster
08 JAN 2022 - Updated the Personnel Roster
05 DEC 2021 - Revamped Port Clarence
25 NOV 2021 - Posted revamped Catanduanes, updated Personnel roster, The LRE Engineering Manual and the LRE Training Tapes (Under Loran C Tech Manuals)
21 NOV 2021 - Posted Roger Barns 1959-60 Sellia Marina photo collection
12 NOV 2021 - Revamped Sitkinak
24 OCT 2021 - Revamped Yap
17 OCT 2021 - Updated Personnel Roster
15 OCT 2021 - Revamped Sandy Hook
13 OCT 2021 - Updated Personnel Roster, Revamped San Mateo
04 OCT 2021 - Posted ETC Joe Jester USCG, (ret) memorial service details.
29 SEP 2021 - Updated Personnel Roster
15 AUG 2021 - Updated Personnel Roster
06 JUL 2021 - Updated Nantucket - added Bill Vlcek photos
27 JUN 2021 - Updated Personnel Roster
20 JUN 2021 - Posted Loran-C AN/FPN-42 Tech manuals
13 JUN 2021 - Updated Molokai - added Pat Simmons 1953 photos
31 MAY 2021 - Updated Personnel Roster
23 MAY 2021 - Updated Personnel roster; updated St. Matthew's information sheet; Revamped Ichi Banare (Ike Shima) web page plus added George Hollenack 1955 - 57 photo collection
05 MAY 2021 - Revamped Niigata
23 APR 2021 - Updated LMS Adak, LTS St. Matthew, Personnel Roster, added to Loran-A- Tech Manuals (AN/FPN-30, CU-277, T-325B), CG-222 JAN 1953 and AN/APN-9 Operating Instructions
06 APR 2021 - Updated Murder Point, Attu
04 APR 2021 - Updated Theodore Point, Attu
02 APR 2021 - Updated Personnel roster
23 MAR 2021 - Updated Personnel roster
21 MAR 2021 - Updated ATTU Casco Cove web page
26 FEB 2021 - Revamped Matratin
17 FEB 2021 - Revamped LMS Rhodes
14 FEB 2021 - Revamped Galveston; updated Personnel roster
08 FEB 2021 - Revamped Raymondville
07 FEB 2021 - Updated Personnel roster
06 FEB 2021 - Revamped Port Isabel
03 FEB 2021 - Revamped Spruce Cape
01 FEB 2021 - updated St. Matthew
31 JAN 2021 - Updated Ocean Cape with Jerry Gelfand 1967 crew photo and Ken Cochran additional photos;
updated Personnel roster
27 JAN 2021 - Revamped Hobe Sound
19 JAN 2021 - Revamped Folly Island; updated Personnel roster
16 JAN 2021 - Counter point to The Origins of the Loranimal by ETCS James Chandle submitted by John Hartzell (former ETCS) CWO ELC retired
10 JAN 2021 - Revised Bodie Island
07 JAN 2021 - Revised Cape Sarichef and LMS Sarichef
06 JAN 2021 - Added to Loran-C: 1962 Jansky&Bailey Loran-C report; a few Loran-C tech manuals
06 JAN 2021 - Revamped Cape Hatteras