|NSGA Cape Chiniak, Kodiak, Alaska .. Feb 1955 - Feb 1956|
|Photos/Narrative from Jerry Argo|
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|My Story - Jerry "Giles" Argo|
I joined the Navy in March 1954 and completed boot camp in San Diego, California. Radio aptitude tests|
were given in camp and fortunately, for me I qualified for assignment to CT school at Imperial Beach. Many
of the boots failed the test on purpose. "I don't want to be a radioman."
Started school June 1954 and graduated as a CT January 1955. With my first duty station being Cape Chiniak,
It took no time after or during boot camp to lose your first name and acquire a nick name. Boot camp CO gave|
me "Tex" for my drawl. Did not like it, as OKIES do not like to be called Tex. While at Cape Chiniak,
J. M. Jerome thought I was too fidgety so "Fid" became the next one. However, while in school Jack Bair
tagged me while trying the sound of Argyles out (as in socks) came up with "Giles", which stuck with me at
Cape Chiniak DF station during WWII was manned by the Coast Guard, call sign NNF. Navy Base at Kodiak
No personal telephone services were available, however the CO had a ham radio, plus station had a military link
NavRadSta call letters NHB (dah dit, dit dit dit dit, dah dit dit dit). Station located about 40 miles along the coast
Photo taken standing cliff side
Building was approx. ½ mile from cliff
Looking West - Main entrance and office
Small bldg. on North side unknown
South to North-Upper deck: Enlisted dorm - laundry room, shower, b'room in middle area - E-6 and above
South to North-Lower deck: East side: Radio room-game room-kitchen-dining hall-unknown area.
South to North-Lower deck: West side: Unknown area-CO ham room-dining area-Yeoman office-electronics
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Far left: Garage-diesel generators, Motor control center, and machine shop. Gray block is antenna bldg., then
loading dock, food, and supply storage.
Direction finding equipment was located ½ mile or so South in a low marshy area, about sea level. You stood that|
watch by your self with the Radio room manned by the rest of three-man crew.
The weather from September to May usually wet, snow in deep winter. June through August with mild