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LORAN STATION TARUMPITAO

Station Information

Site Survey: 1945
 
Construction Date: 22 JUN - 19 JUL 1945 Mobile Detachment Unit "F"
MAR 1946 - Station built with quarters
1950 - Station rebuilt - 8 quonset huts
1956 - Station rebuilt - Concrete Building Structures
 
Constructed by: 22 JUN - 19 JUL 1945 Mobile Detachment "F"

 
Established:
Commissioned:
JUL 1945


Disestablished: 31 MAR 1971 - Transferred to G.O.P.
 
Operated by:

19 JUL 1945 - 31 MAR 1971 - USCG
01 APR 1971 - 31 DEC 1977 - Philippine Navy

Station Unit Identifier:

Mobile Unit -
Permanent Unit - CG Unit 355

Mail address: 1948 - Navy 961, Box 7, FPO San Francisco, Calif.
1956 - Navy 961, Box 20, FPO San Francisco, Calif.

Station code name:

ROMANO
Personnel Allowance: MAY 1948 - 1 Officer; 12 Enlisted
JAN 1953 - 1 Officer; 15 Enlisted
JUN 1969 - 1 Officer; 14 Enlisted; 2 Civilians

Station Mascot: 1948 - Throckmorton - monkey
1961 - Bebo - was killed by FN because he developed a skin issue
1961 - Feeby - monkey
1964 - Sally and Throckmorton
1969 - Nelda, CW and 3 other monkeys plus 4 dogs

Miscellaneous: 22 JUN 1945 - American landed - Mobile Detachment "F"

JUL 1945 to MAR 1946 - Station was a mobile unit

1946 - OINC and 8 enlisted lost at sea. Five were rescued from the LCVP which washed up on a reef 20 miles from the station. Three attempted to swim ashore, two survived and the natives' assisted them back to the station.

1946 - A Navy PBM attempted a landing with 17 aboard. The plane hit the reef due to the lack of experience of the pilot, all safety rescued.

1947 - A PBY lost part of its tail and engine. A second plane from Sangley arrived with parts. The air-crews layover at the station for the night. During the night a convict escaped from the Iwahig Penal Colony and robbed the aircrew all watches, wallets, pens and jewelry and the Commanding Officer's pistol. The convict was caught, brought to the station and disclosed where the personnel effects were located. He was returned to the penal colony, which he begged not to be. The penalty for escape is beheading which was the faith of the convict.

1950 - A native party was descending upon the station which was defenseless. The crew assembled an old 50 caliber machine left from the war and mounted it on the water tower. The natives departed the area.

1950 - A PBY crashed, the CGC IRONWOOD was ordered to retrieve the plane and returned to planer to Sangley.

1950 - Station crew built a grass airfield near the station.

06 DEC 1951 - Plane with an inspection party including an admiral crashed while attempting to land at the airfield. The wing struck a trailer resulting in a native boy being killed. A station crew member, ET2, was seriously injured and medical evacuated to Sangley.

13 DEC 1951 - Seventeen National Chinese fishermen arrived at the station after their vessel was ship wrecked approximately 100 miles from the station. The sailors were transported to Sangley by the U.S. Navy.

1954 - Tarumpitao airstrip completed.

1957 - Coast Guard personnel built a local high school.

1962/3 - Station was to become part of the LORAN-C SE Asia Chain under the PACE program as A/C station. The program was cancelled.

1967 - Station crew rescued a DC3 plane crew and 15 passengers after ditching a half mile off shore. Engine failure was the cause.

1967 - Approximately two months the station crew responded to a small banca boat which capsized. The station boat was launched however three small children did drown after attempts by the station crew to resuscitate them via mouth to mouth.

1969 - A typhoon passed over the island with 80mph winds. Twenty native family were displaced. The station provided the necessary means to assist in supporting those in need until they could rebuild their homes.

01 APR 1971 - The station and operations transferred to the G.O.P.

Commanding Officers/Officer in Charge: Officer in Charge

1946 - 1947 CRM Clermont A. Sears (? - 5 MAR)
1947 - 1947 CRE George W. Berford (5 MAR - 25 OCT)
1947 - 1948 CRE Herny R. Lodge (25 OCT - SEP)

Commanding Officers

1948 - 1949 LTJG Albert H. Clough (SEP - SEP)
1949 - 1950 LTJG Otis H. Abbey (SEP - ?)
1950 - 1951
1951 - 1952 LTJG William R. Weadon (JUN - JUN)
1952 - 1953
1953 - 1954
1954 - 1955
1955 - 1956 LTJG Frank L. Soule
1956 - 1957 LTJG Marvin Weinstein
1957 - 1958 LTJG Francis H. Molin
1958 - 1959 LTJG Irwin W. Lindemuth
1959 - 1960
1960 - 1961
1961 - 1962 LTJG Richard Fremont-Smith (? - NOV)
1962 - 1963 LTJG John R. Wallace (NOV - NOV)
1963 - 1964 LTJG Donald R. Casey (NOV - JUL)
1964 - 1965 LTJG Joseph S. Anderson (JUL - AUG)
1965 - 1966
1966 - 1967
1968 - 1969
1969 - 1971 LTJG Quintin K. Quinn (NOV - 31 MAR) (Decomm CO)


 

Station Operations

LORAN-A

09 02 51.59 N - 117 37 48.67 E (1960 Mercury Datum)

Chain: SOUTH CHINA SEA
 
Station Letter designation: 1L7 "R"
 
Radio Call Sign:
 
Declared Operational date: 19 JUL 1945
 
Operations Ceased: 31 MAR 1971 - USCG
 
Station Operation: Single MASTER (SM)
 
Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

TARUMPITAO (M) - TALAMPULAN (S)
1L7
1000us
Approximately 255.8 Nautical miles
On-air testing date: 04 JUL 1945
 
On-Air: 19 JUL 1945
 
Off-Air: 31 MAR 1971 - Station transferred to Philippine government.
31 DEC 1977 - Service terminated
 
Monitor Rate: Cross rate monitoring 
 
Equipment: <1948 - TDP transmitter sn:78 & 79; UJ Timers sn: 46 & 48; Switch Unit moodel UK sn: 8

1948 - Electronic suite replaced. TDP-1 transmitters sn: 16 & 23; UE-1 Timers sn: 13 & 40; UM Switch gear sn: 61

1971 - T-325 Transmitter; AN/FPN-30 Timers; AN/FPA-2; AN/FPA-3A
 
Antenna: <1948 - no main radiator - Emergency T type for mian transmission; Antenna Coupling Unit CAQT-47438 sn: 28;Antenna Tuning Unit CAQT-47369 sn:41

1948 - Antenna Tuning Coupler TDP-1 sn:248

1969 - 129ft vertical radiator AT-1088
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD NEW

Reminiscing:

1949 - 1950 Alan Anderson reflections - pdf (this was modified by the host)

1956 - 1957 Don Anderson reflections - pdf

Awards:

U.S. Coast Guard Restricted Duty Ribbon

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Documents:

19 MAY 1948 - USCGC KUKUI Inspection report - pdf

18 JUN 1956 - Overseas Loran Survey - pdf

JUN 1969 - General Information Book - pdf

Pictures:

Courtesy of Don Anderson c./1956

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New construction c./1956
photo from the top of one of the antenna poles

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Don - McDermott - Langraf - Arronson - Dillon

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Don on watch

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Curely's brother and his wife at their house

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