Donald E. Warner Photos
|Photo 1: The Radar Palace or Fleet Weather Central (FWC). In February 2000 this hill has no standing structures, but the foundations remain. Photo July 1958.||Photo 2: View from FWC shows several barracks that are all still standing in February 2000. The clubs on the hill to the right are all gone. The Golden Anchor, the current club, is on this hill now. The buildings along the far side of the taxiway are still there. Photo July 1957.||Photo 3: Navy Super Connie on taxiway heading for the hangar, Jewel Beach behind. Photo July 1957.||Photo 4: Super Connie preparing to take off as it passes FWC heading for the runway. Photo June 1957.|
|Photo 5: The only paved road in Kodiak. Baptist church right of center in background. Signal Hill center background. Street name is Rezanof in February 2000. Photo June 1957.||Photo 6: View a little to the right of previous photo. None of the buildings shown exist in February 2000. They were demolished by the 1964 tsnaumi. This is now the site of Sutliff's Hardware. Photo June 1957.|
|Photo 7: Fort Abercrombie. Gun battery emergency command station on top of ready ammo bunker. Don and Shirley Warner shown. Photo July 1957.||Photo 8: Searchlight shelter No. 22 Miller Point, Ft. Abercrombie. Don Warner shown. Photo July 1957.|
My wife and I were on Kodiak from May 1957 until May 1959 when I was attached to the Fleet Weather Central there. I see many notes to you calling it the Weather Center but it was Central or FWC as there were others around the world too.
Our first son was born there in the base hospital and many of our slides are of him. We lived in five different places in town, some were so bad we only stayed a month.
I worked at what was known as the "Radar Palace" on a hill above the hangar area where we sent up four balloons a day, two for visual "Pibals" and two large ones for "Radiosondes" with a instrument package attached. I am sure the National Weather Service still does this today but from a different site.
I loved to hunt and fish, and did a lot of both. We also went out to Ft.Abercrombie often for picnics and to shoot our guns. We reloaded our own ammo back then at the Radar Palace using lead from the old Coast Guard bouy batteries. Lots of good times.
When Russia sent the Sputnik up they would shut all the lights on the base out at night to view it as it passed over us. We in turn sent up numerous balloons with small lights attached and got a big kick out of it until the admiral called our skipper and put an end to it, no sense of humor I guess.