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LORAN STATION ICHI BANARE*

*Note: The station military name was Ichi Banare however commonly known as Ike Shima or Okinawa.

Station Information

Site Survey: 3 MAY 1945
 
Construction Date: 15 MAY 1945
1950 - Station rehab (ecv) project 541-50
 
Constructed by: CONSTRUCTION DET “C”
 
Established:
Commissioned:
JUN 1945
1 SEP 1945 - turnover to D14

Disestablished: 122200Z JUL 1964
 
Operated by:

USCG
Project code name:

 
Unit Identifier:

CG Unit 350
Mail address: 1949: LTS, c/o 78th QM Base Depot, APO 331, San Francisco, Calif.
1956: LTS, APO 331, San Francisco, Calif.
 
AKA: IKE SHIMA; OKINAWA

HAM Call Sign:

 
Personnel Allowance: 1948 - 1949: 1 Officer; 12 Enlisted
JAN 1953: 1 Officer; 15 Enlisted
DEC 1953: 1 Officer; 16 Enlisted
1961: 1 Officer; 17 Enlisted

Station Mascot:

Miscellaneous: ICHI BANARE - official military name - commonly known as IKE SHIMA or OKINAWA

OCT 1945 - Station off air due to extreme Typhoon damage

JUN 1948 - Equipment replacement completed by CGC KUKUI

27 JUN 1950 - 27 JUL 1954 - Koran War Medal authorized for station personnel

08 SEP 1956 - Typhoon EMMA caused extensive damage - station off air - one of the worst typhoons to stike the island

01 JUL 1964 - Station operations transferred to GESASHI

Commanding Officers: 1945 - 1946 LTJG Melvin D. Sargent (MAY – 19 JAN)
1946 - 1947 LT Ernest H. Burt (19 JAN – 17 MAR)
1947 - 1948 ENS Leslie A. Mears (17 MAR -?)
1948 - 1948 CRE Leo J. DeGraw (? – 27 SEP)
1948 - 1949 ENS William F. Tighe (27 SEP 1948 - ?)
1949 - 1950 LT Robert J. Mackle (? – 20 SEP 1950)
1950 - 1951 LTJG John P. Obarski (20 SEP - ?)
1951 - 1952
1952 - 1953
1953 - 1954
1954 - 1955
1955 - 1956 LTJG Eugene G. Verrett
1956 - 1957 LTJG Thomas H. Clilton (? - AUG)
1957 - 1958 LTJG Crook Steward (AUG - AUG)
1958 - 1959 LTJG Richard Rounsville (AUG - 05 AUG)
1959 - 1960 LTJG Michael Abarbanell (05 AUG - ?)
1960 - 1961 LTJG John C. Armocost
1961 - 1962 LTJG Richard J. Marcott
1962 - 1963 LT Thomas N.Sullivan
1963 - 1964 LTJG Leon E.Beaudin -Decomm.CO

Change of command: Letter of relief

17 MAR 1947 LT Burt/ENS Mears - pdf

27 SEP 1948 CRE DeGraw/ENS Tighe - pdf

20 SEP 1950 LT Mackle/LTJG Obarski -pdf

Station Operations

26 23 37 N 128 00 13E (CG File 12/1948)
26 23 49.4 N 128 00 04.5 E

Chain: JAPAN SEA
 
Station Letter designation: 2H4/2H5 “J”
 
Radio Call Sign:  
 
Declared Operational date: 12 JUN 1945

Operations Ceased: 010000Z JUL 1964
 
Station Operation: 1945 - 1953: Single SLAVE (SS)
1953 - 1964: Double SLAVE (DS)
 
Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

ICHI BANARE (S) - IWO JIMA (M)
4H4, 4H7, 2H5
1000 us
Approx. 785 Nautical miles

ICHI BANARE (S) - NOMAIKE (M)
4H4, 2H4
1000 us
Approx. 320 Nautical miles
On-air testing date: 4H4, 27 MAY 1945 – IWO JIMA
4H4, 05 JAN 1953 - NOMAIKE
 
On-Air: 4H4, 12 JUN 1945
4H7, 150200Z MAR 1949
4H4, 251200Z JAN 1953
2H4, 1 MAY 1953 Change of Rate shift to International Loran band
2H5, 1 MAY 1953 Change of Rate shift to International Loran Band
 
Off-Air: 4H4, 150200Z MAR 1949 - Iwo Jima operation shifted to Kitano Point
4H4, 1 MAY 1953 Change of Rate shift to International Loran band
4H7, 1 MAY 1953 Change of Rate shift to International Loran band
2H4, 01 JUL 1964 Station operations transferred to Gesashi
2H5, 01 JUL 1964 Station operations transferred to Gesashi
 
Monitor Rate: Cross rate monitoring 
 
Equipment: JUL 1948 – TDP Transmitters s/n 76 & 77; JU Timers s/n 17 & 18
JUL 1948 – TDP-1 Transmitter s/n 24 & 44; UE-1 Timers s/n 50 & 77
1964 - T-137 Transmitters; AM-701 Ampifiers
 
Antenna: 1945 - "T"
1948 - 120ft Vertical tower
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD NEW

Awards:

Koran War Medal

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27 JUN 1950 - 27 JUL 1954

Coast Guard Restricted Duty Ribbon

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News Article:

AUG 1962 - Feature of the Week - submitted by Charles "Mac" McLean (pdf) 

Documentations:

07 JUL 1948 - CGC KUKUI Inspection Report - pdf

29 SEP 1949 - Request for change of mail address - pdf

10 JUL 1956 - Overseas Loran Station Survey - pdf

Pictures:

1948 - 1964 U.S. Coast Guard Official photos

Ralph Emerson 1956 - 1957 photo collection

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1961 Christmas/Season Greetings card
LTJG Richard J. Marcott (CO-standing) and crew

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1961 Christmas/Season Greetings
contributed by Charles "Mac" McLean

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Picture from google earth.

 

The photos below were contributed by Charles "Mac" McLean

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1961 Crew
Front row L to R: SN Barber - all others are unknown
Back row L to R: unk; SN Dietz; EN2 Giffin; unk; LTJG Armocost; unk; EM1 Iguehi; unk

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"Mac" McLean Circa 1961

Thanks Mac!

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