I was stationed on Attu island from March, 1994 through March of 1995 as the Engineering Petty Officer. Surviving the island for one year was one of the hardest things I have ever accomplished. Winds over 200 mph, 17 feet of snow in 24 hours, several earthquakes and tsunami warnings. We had a few civilian visitors on the island that had stopped in Massacre Bay on the way back over from Japan on their boats. We would supply them with fuel, water and what food we could spare.
Prior to my assignment on Attu I became the Engineering Petty Officer at the Coast Guard Station located at Chatham, MA. I had never traveled to Alaska before but found it to be unlike anything I had ever seen on the East Coast. I arrived at Kodiak Air Station in March of 1994 where I spent about a week waiting for the bi-weekly Logistic flight to Attu. I recall having met an officer's wife at the commissary one day with whom I had a brief conversation about where I was going and when I was leaving. A few days later a flight crewmember handed me a basket as I boarded the C-130 flight heading for Attu. There were several home made baked products and a card in the basket. Some of the goods I had never eaten before, namely scones.
The five hour flight to Attu was cold...there was little heat
to be found inside the C-130. I was seated in the back of the cargo bay
with large food bins and miscellaneous gear destined for the Loran
Station (LORSTA) at Attu. Upon arrival on Attu in my service dress
uniform, I was met by the Loran Station Commanding Officer, CWO Skip
Baldwin. I was directed to head for the main building. The crew was in
the midst of digging out from a recent storm and repairing broken snow
fishing for salmon kept us busy, I definitely got tired of eating
salmon. We smoked them, baked them, fried them and so forth. Now it is
14 years later and I will still not touch salmon.
|1. A photo taken during my tour on Attu Island 1994-1995. The photo was taken as we (crew of the Lorsta) scaled the side of Mount Terrible during he summer months.|
|2. A picture taken in front of the Attu loran station main building looking down the road that leads to the warehouse. Notice the yellow pipe, it is the refueling pipe that leads to the beach from the fuel farm.|
|3. Another pic of the Attu warehouse road, the refueling pipe. On the water side is an old navy pier on massacre bay.|
|4. A pic of the biweekly C-130 Logistic flight taking off from the Loran stations 6000' runway.|
|5. A picture taken of a possible plane wreckage lying on the beach on Attu.|
|6. A photo taken after a recent snow storm while standing in front of the LORSTA. The roadway leads towards the runway.|
|7. A picture taken inside of the transmitter building of the newly installed transmitters which was completed in 1993 on Attu.|
|8. A picture taken after a recent snow storm on Attu. The area is the main building.|
|9. A pic taken in the spring on Attu, the roadway is the route to the old Loran A station building.|
|10. A picture of the Attu Loran C tower, unsure the exact height.|
|11. A pictures of a C130 Logistic flight taxiing down the runway preparing for take off on Attu.|
12. A picture taken of myself
wearing a crash suit as I ready a C-130 for landing on the Attu
runway (Normal operation).
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