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Check Six – 1921: Wailupe Naval Radio Station

July 20, 2016

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Wailupe Naval Radio Station

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“Navy officials said they received a garbled radio message early today, purported to have been sent by Amelia Earhart, which indicated her plane was sinking.” The signal was picked up by radiomen at the US Naval Radio Station in Wailupe, O‘ahu. The Wailupe station was completed early in 1921. It was a rectangular, one story building on pilings out over the water to provide more land space for the proposed officer’s quarters, two duplex quarters and the single men’s barracks.

After the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy realized that the station at Wailupe on the seacoast was very vulnerable to attack. So, on the morning of December 10, 1941, the District Communication Officer decided to have all radio equipment at Wailupe moved to Wahiawa. But, the Coast Guard established a Training Station in early spring 1942 at the former Naval Radio Station at Wailupe.

Later, in 1958, the receiver site and administrative spaces were moved to Wahiawa.

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