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LORAN STATION KURE ISLAND

Station Information

Site Survey: 06 OCT - 09 NOV 1959*
*Note: Site survey was for the DOOR project
Survey team attacked at night by rats during their stay on the island
 
Construction Date 1960 - Construction commenced on Green Island - LCDR Harold Block project manager
1960 - During construction the tug "Port of Bandon" drag anchor and sank in the channel.
 
Constructed by:
 
Established:
Commissioned:

180300Z MAR 1961
 
Disestablished: 02 JUL 1992
 
Operated by: 1961 - 1992 U.S.C.G.
 
Station Unit Number: 1961 - 14-350530
1970 - 14-40158
 
Mail address: 1971 - USCG Naval Station Box 36, FPO, San Francisco 96614
1984 - FPO, San Francisco 96619
 
Station Project code name:
DOOR VI

Personnel Allowance: 1964 - 2 Officers; 26 Enlisted
1976 - 2 Officers; 19 Enlisted
1989 - 2 Officers; 20 Enlisted
Station Mascot: 1961 - A monkey - since construction
1962 - Bridgette Bardot
1965 - Porky (pig)
1971 - Honey (Bridgette's pup)
1975 - Sigmund
1977 - Dogs transferred to French Frigate Shoals
 
Miscellaneous: 21 SEP 1959 - Kure declared a "Bird Sanctuary" under the Bird Act

06 SEP 1960 - Kure site survey declassified

19 JUN 1961 - C-121 with 84 passengers  and crew made an emergency landing during a heavy storm. Station crew provided relieve to 76 and 8 crew. A total of 168 extra meals and 50 gallons of coffee was served.

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

NOV 1964 - Station crew adopted a little Vietnamese girl.

1966 - Boeing 707 made an emergency landing at Kure. Passengers overnight at the station.

JUL 1969 - CG received a new fire truck capable of Purple K and Light water for the airfield.

APR 1970 - Unit received a Letter of Commendation from Mr. Goddard for the assistance with the trans lunar injection phase of the Apollo 13 recovery.

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

06 FEB 1976 - A Naval Logistics flight sighted the wreckage of the Japanese fishing vessel "HOUEI MARU No.5" hard aground on a reef three miles north of Kure. A full scale search for survivors initiated for six days. The search was call off without a trace of the crew. On February 24 LTJG Bratton and three enlisted boarded the ship in search of surviving crew members. Legal documents, charts and personnel diaries were among items found in the water-tight bridge which were turned over to the Government of Japan.

DEC 1986 - "Christmas with MacDonald's at Kure" MacDonald's 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.

DEC 1990 - Station awarded the eighth consecutive 180 day Operational Performance Award. Second only to LORSTA SYLT for this outstanding performance.

Commanding Officers:

1960 - 1961 LTJG John J. Muldoon
1961 - 1962 LTJG Kenneth W. Bates
1962 - 1963 LTJG David M. McCann
1963 - 1964 LTJG Joseph B. Goodwin (? - MAY)
1964 - 1965 LTJG David A. Worth (MAY - MAY)
1965 - 1966 LTJG Richmond D. Greenough (MAY - MAY)
1966 - 1967 LTJG Joseph J. Smith (MAY - APR)
1967 - 1968 LTJG Philip J. Connell (APR - APR)
1968 - 1969 LTJG William S. Denham (APR - ?)
1969 - 1970 LTJG Raymond J. Tusken
1970 - 1971 LTJG Malcolm B. Playfair (? - MAR)
1971 - 1972 LTJG Joel I. Greenberg (MAR - APR)
1972 - 1973 LTJG Robert L. Hoyt (APR - ?)
1973 - 1974 LTJG Byrant M. Nodine (? - JUN)
1974 - 1975 LTJG John Larned ((JUN - JUN)
1975 - 1976 LTJG Deryck Bratten (JUN - ?)
1976 - 1977 LTJG Jerzy J. Kichner
1977 - 1978 LTJG Henry Bailey
1978 - 1979 LTJG James W. Stark
1979 - 1980 LTJG Michael D. Farrell
1980 - 1981 LTJG Daniel C. Whiting
1981 - 1982 LTJG Michael J. Scanlon
1982 - 1983 LTJG Dennis M. Holland (APR - APR)
1983 - 1984 LTJG David L. Hill (APR - 13 APR)
1984 - 1985 LTJG David C. Ely (13 APR - 12 APR)
1985 - 1986 LTJG Luilla J. Lee (12 APR - 09 APR)
1986 - 1987 LTJG Michael D. Sakahara (09 APR - MAR)
1987 - 1988 LTJG Robert W. Sheen (MAR - 05 APR)
1988 - 1989 LTJG Jeffrey S. Schneider (05 APR - ?)
1989 - 1990 LTJG John M. Fitzgerald
1990 - 1991 LTJG Fred J. Milbury
1991 - 1992 LTJG James B. Nicholson
1992 - 1992 LTJG Max A. Caruso (? - 02 JUL)
 

Station Operation

LORAN-C

28 23.7 N - 178 17.5 W (01 OCT 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)

Chain: 1961 - 1969: HAWAIIAN
1969 - 1992: CENTRAL PACIFIC
 
Radio Call Sign:
Ham Radio:
1961 - NRO-7 Loran Net
KH6EDY
 
Loran Rate & Function:
Baseline:
SH-4; 4990 - (Y) 
Approx. 850 Nautical miles

Operational date:
Declared Operation:

211000Z JUL 1961
 
Operations Ceased:

302400Z JUN 1992
Station Operation:

1961 - 1992 - Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)
On-air testing date: APR 1961
 
Rate/Date On-Air/Function: SH-4 (Y) 211000Z JUL 1961
S-1 (Y) 1969
4990 (Y) 25 FEB 1975
 
Off-Air/Chain Rate/Function:

SH-4 (Y) 1969 Change of rate
S-1 (Y) 25 FEB 1975 Changed Identification of GRI
4990 - 302400Z JUN 1992 Termination of service
 
Equipment: 1961 - 1975 AN/FPN-41-42
1975 - 1986 AN/FPN-54 - AN/FPN-42 300KW
1986 - 1992 AN/FPN-42 mod - 225KW

Antenna Type: 625ft TLM Stainless, Inc Model 1300 1961 - JUL 1992
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: Old New

Awards:

Coast Guard Commendation Medal

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October 1992 ET2 David Minehart was awarded the Commendation Medal for heroism in rescuing three shipmates from undertow on February 27.

Coast Guard Unit Commendation

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11 DEC 1986 - 29 MAY 1989*

Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation

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12 FEB 1977 - 10 FEB 1978
01 APR 1982 - 31 DEC 1982
17 FEB 1985 - 11 FEB 1986*
01 JAN 1987 - 30 AUG 1988*
30 MAY 1989 - 20 NOV 1990*
01 APR 1992 - 30 JUN 1992*
*DENOTES OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED

Outstanding Performance Recognition

04 OCT 1976 - 12 JUN 1977
13 FEB 1977 - 15 APR 1977
24 MAY 1977 - 10 JUL 1977
24 MAY 1977 - 05 OCT 1977
22 NOV 1977 - 22 JUN 1978
10 JAN 1983 - 08 JUL 1983
21 OCT 1987 Individual Outstanding Performance

180 Day Performance

17 MAR 1986 2nd consecutive 180-day perfromance
22 JUN 1988 3rd consecutive 180-day performance
17 DEC 1990 8th consecutive 180-day performance

Coast Guard Restricted Duty Ribbon

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Documents:

1959 State of Hawaii Land Use Guidelines - pdf

192126Z MAR 61 Notification of station commissioned - pdf

01 DEC 1981 - D14 Proposal to relocation Kure to Midway - pdf

01 DEC 1984 Wildlife and Natural resources guidelines - pdf

1984 General Visitor Information - pdf

1984 - 1985 Customs policies correspondence - pdf

27 MAR 1986 Silver Anniversary program - pdf City and County Resolution - pdf
The Governor of State of Hawaii letter - pdf

01 DEC 1989 Station Organization Instruction - pdf

Pictures:

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WE SERVED WITH PRIDE

On this spot stood a 625 foot Loran-C Transmitting Antenna constructed in 1961
Removed in July 1992
This is dedicated to the more than 900 United Stated Coast Guard men and women who over the years stood the lonely vigil of isolated duty and kept Loran Station Kure Island "On-Air and in Tolerence" in defense of the country.

You can leave Kure Island
But...
Kure will never leave you

Thanks Angus MacFeeley!

Bill Ferrary 1970/71 photo collection

Reginald Flye 1975/76 photo collection

Ernest Hawes 1978/79 photo collection

Steve Grenier 1979/80 photo collection

Dave Hill (CO) 1983/84 Change of Command photos

Steve Phifer 1985/86 photo collection