LORAN STATION WAKE ISLAND
Supporting Documentation for USCG
Humanitarian Service Medal (pdf)
1955 Memorial - pdf constructed by LT Phillips
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Picture from google earth.
Wake Island Geography
Station Mascot Hooligan
The below photos were contributed by Jim Rooney Jr. c./1959
CO Jim Rooney and BMC Luther Furgueron (Station Chief)
CO's Quarters and Office
Reconstruction of the station was at least several years prior to 1959. Can't remember exactly when. First iteration at Wake was destroyed by a typhoon which occurred about 1950. The concrete pad floor of the first quonset type construction we converted to an outdoor movie area. We had lots of "legitimate" deals going on that truly served the purpose of morale. For the year I was there the loran efficiency increased every month to a high 99+percentage. Wonderful tour. Fantastic crew. BMC Luke Furgeron was a truly competent high performer as XO. Probably the best command I every had. I should write a book. Made great friends in the CG and out. I wish I could go back to see Peale, Wake and Wilkes again.
Loran Station Wake Island and Eniwetok were
Loran-A slaves to Kwajalein which functioned as the Master station.
Wake received 7 NMPX movies every week on the Navy SAR aircraft that
flew up from "Kwaj" every Saturday to exchange crew and aircraft.
We received the U.S. Mail six days each week, and had permission
(like many) to operate on the ham radio band with our ham licensed
ham Chief ET. That was good for about six months of the year.
With the Vietnam build up passenger carrying prop-driven aircraft
were landing pretty much around the clock for a fuel and feed stop
before continuing to Japan and other Asian points west. The
first Pan-Am 707 jet landed about a month or so before I was
relieved. Years later I discovered that the same 707 jet
engines were also on the CGC DALLAS I commanded later on in the
The below photos were contributed by Ed Stewart c./1971
L to R: SP Building, CP/XPO Office (old CO's quarters)
Prisoner of War Rock - Message inscribed by one of the 98 civilian
Approach to RWY 10 PAWK (Wake). Taken from the flight deck
One of the more 'colorful' aircraft visiting Wake. A NC-121K, employed in
Same aircraft, VXN-8 (squadon) was out of Patuxtant River NAS, Maryland.
'Windy Palace' FAA outdoor movie theater
Part of the 'rain catch' area. No potable ground water on Wake. All drinking
The sign says it all. 'The Store', an exchange. hardware store, convenience
WWII U.S. Marine Corps monument
CG beach and lanai. One of the station recreation boats in forefround.
Rec boat again
FAA housing utilized by CG personnel. All were duplexes and quite nice.
Civilian re-supply ship. HHG's, POV's, etc...
Soft-ball field, SP building, DC shop, garage and water storage tanks.
New 119-foot LORAN Transmitting tower. Guys are one piece fiberglass rods.
Looking toward old barracks (closed) and generator fuel tank.
Signal Power Building and one of the station's Dodge M37 trucks.
Street-side view of the Wake Island passenage terminal and FAA
Bowling alley and Al Ching's restaurant. Some of the best fried rice
Causeway / bridge from Wake to Peale Island. Looking toward Wake.
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