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OAE's - McMurdo Base
77°50.88'S 166°40.10'E
occupied since 1955

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McMurdo Base on November 30th 2008
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Thomae Jones 1963. I am looking for anyone that wintered over with my father, Charles Thomae (Tom or Tommy) Jones. He was a diver and was in the Seabees. I believe he was there in 1963. That was his second time. I am not sure about his first but he joined the Navy in 1955 so it was sometime in between.  Apr '15

Alexander Ronnie Chaeplin 1967-69 This was my Dad and he passed away in 2007. I have some pics from his time in Antarctica. He was a Seabee and was an electrician. His anniversary is coming up in a few days and was hoping that someone might be able to give me some more info on my Dad that I can share with my son who is currently learning about Antarctica in school. Thanks, Bernadette - Shirley NY -   Feb '15

Looking for any picture of the Winter Over 69 Plaque that hung in the Original Chapel of the Snows. I am aware the the original Chapel was destroyed by fire in 1978, but hope that someone may have made a photograph. Randy D. Wood, OAE, W/O 69  May '14

1960's

Jim Affeldt (McMurdo / Pole / Hallet / Vostok - 1968/69 72/73 75/76) - Rock Stream New York    I worked in the McMurdo fabrication shop. Did repairs at the Pole & Hallet. Drank with the Russians at Vostok.

Henry M. Beck (1962-1963) - Evansville, Indiana   Helo plane captain 717, VX6 winter over

Steven Bendzak (1968) - Colton, Washington   

Bill Bertrand (MCB6 and CBU201 1965-1966) - Harwich port , Ma  I worked on the water lines going and from the nuke plant , also worked in the nuke plant installing new boiler for water treatment plant. Turn on desalination unit and tested fresh water by drinking some, was pretty good (we thought).

Charles Chuck Bowen (VX6 68 - 69, 1969-70 in Christ Church, jet shop) - Brookfield NY   Server with Bogue, Majewski, Pignatare, Hadcock, Soupy Campbell, Al Grien, Gary Storm,

David Bresnahan (McMurdo, South Pole, Palmer - 1967-2007) - USA   

Jimmy Burke (1961-1964) - Ossipee New Hampshire   Greatest year of my life

Dennis Cannon (Summers of 64-65, 66-67 & 67-68) - Boise, Idaho   I was a Navy civilian engineer at the PM-3A Nuclear Power Plant for three summers in the 1960's, and travelled to the Pole and Byrd Station. I have an OAE Certificate from 1965.

Roger Case MD (1968-69) - Oak Harbor WA USA   Winter-over physician at McMurdo '68-69, and navy clinic physician at Chi-Chi Oct '69-Mar '70

Alan Chandler (Byrd VLF Substation Longwire - 1969, Summer 68, all 1969 and summer of 1970. Summer 1971 McMurdo) -  Woodinville WA -  

Jerry Clark (McMurdo and Scott Pole Stations) - Social Circle Georgia    I would like to hear from anyone from summer tours October 1966 - April 1967 and October 1967 - April 1968.  I have kept up with a few of the men and would like to hear from anyone else on the ice during that time.

Charles Claxton (McMurdo - 1963-1967) - Atlanta, Ga USA 

Harold Cordell (1962) - Richmond Texas  

Homer L Ellis "Lee" (McMurdo, Byrd - 1968  +1969) - Brownville Me 04414  USA.  Winterover 1/1/68 to 10/12/68, Byrd  10/12/69 to 2/19/70, Toney Mts.

V. Edward Fayan (McMurdo Sound, Quonset Pt. - 1961-1963) - Cumberland, RI 02864 

John F Garland (MCB-8, Mobile Construction Battalion 8 - 1962-1963) - Cochabamba Bolivia -   Built condenser building for PM-3A power plant, later built wonder arch at Pole Station.

Earl Griffith - Griff (McMurdo, Beardmore, Hallett - 1970-1973) - Helena, Montana   I was assigned to the firehouse gang at McMurdo for a couple of months until I made grade to AG-3, then on to Beardmore Glacier to take weather obs. Finally got sent to Hallett in Jan 71 and spent the next two seasons there. We closed the station in Feb 73. Capt. Van Reeth allowed me to keep the last American flag that flew over the station while still an active US Navy base. The Ice was the best damn tour in the Navy. Good people, good friends.

Grisham, Paul O. (1968) - La Mesa, CA, USA.    Winter-over meteorologists (USN) in 1968. Will be happy to talk to any of the ice rats...

Calvin Griswold (Griz) (1966-67, McMurdo Station/Yates Army Airfield Camp 1) - Ocala, Florida USA   I served as a mess cook at McMurdo from 1966-1967. I was with Antarctica Support Activities for the summer months. I few out of Davisville , Rhode Island to Christchurch, New Zealand. From there to Williams Air field to McMurdo Station. I had a list of the men that served with me but lost it during the years. Is there any way of finding out the names of the men who were stationed with me. I have pictures of them but can't remember their names. While there I also went on a 3 month expedition to Marie Byrd Land with a Army unit who few helicopters. It was called Yeats Army Airfield, Camp 1.

Robert Hankins - Hank (1962-63) - Belton Tex   W/O party Deep Freeze '63. Was an AG2 (weather guesser). POIC of Beardmore Sta. for 6 weeks prior to closing it down for the winter. Was held over a month in order to go back out and set up a new station. Old hut had sunk too far down in the glacier to be usable. Lots of memories (mostly good). Water supply had gotten contaminated just prior to our arrival, Rationing in effect. first shower on Xmas eve. To say McMurdo was aromatic was an understatement!

Howard Hanson - Hans (McMurdo and Hallett Stations, 1967-1969) - West Springfield MA USA   I was an ET at McMurdo and then the station ET at Hallett for two summers.

Arlie V. Hash, ASA / Electronics Division (grasshopper shack GURU) 1967 - 1968 W/O. Buffalo, Kentucky 42716  Would like to communicate with Frank Coffman, Al Garcia, Larry "Woody" Woodrow, Scott Carpenter, Bill Tolbert, Richard Heim, Chief Napik, and any others who endured  W/O - '67 / '68 at McMurdo.

George Hensen CBC Davisville NCBU201 (67-69) - Palm Bay Florida USA   Summer support 67-68, 68-69 EO2 2nd class diver worked on pier face in Quay my boss was Chief Parker

Donnie Kuehl (1964-65 Naval Air Station Norfolk) - Glen Rose, Texas    Operation Deepfreeze; 1964 & 65, Combat Cinematographer / Aviation Crew Member.

George F. Laiblin RM2 (McMurdo Station - WO 63-64) -  Lake Tapps, Washington 98391   Would love to hear from from OAE 63-63

L. Johnson, Larry O. RM2 (1961 - McMurdo, Little Rockford, Beardmore) - Aloha, Oregon, USA   I wintered over at the transmitter site on the hill. I spent 3 months at Little Rockford an 3 months at Beardmore Glacier. I was just a kid of 19. Great time and went from there to the submarine force.

Larry Kaib (1965-1966) - Mckees Rocks, PA, 15136   Part of Winter-Over party on Deep Freeze 66. Started out running the electronics warehouse then moved over to run the automotive parts warehouse. Lots of fond memories from the Playboy Club next to Chapel Of The Snows. Lots of good friends from the supply corp of which I was a part. Also loved the following R&R in Christchurch. Wow, what a place. I'll remember the good times I had in the Deep Freeze tour and Christchurch forever.

Mike Liso (CBU 201 - 1966) - East Haven Ct-USA    Looking for anyone who served with CBU 201 and went to the Ice in 1966.We started the first de-saltation unit that ran from the Nuke Plant down to the Town.

Michael E. McIntyre BUL2 USN (1967-18) - base-ship/strip rat / McMurdo.   Craig, USA. Looking for shipmates Zadravecz, Holland, Downs, Keilty, Bostwick, and all others.

Robert McNeish - NavNuPU PM3A* - (1967) - Summerville, SC, USA  What a change from when I arrived and to see the building that is being used today to house and feed the crew. What a Change!! - email available

* - It means I was one of those guys up on the hill at the Nuclear Power Plant. I was not a Nuke, Just the unit supply man. The definition is Naval Nuclear Power Unit (PM-3A). The PM-3A was the letter designation assigned to that particular Unit. Also up on the hill in one of the buildings was the water distillation units. The second was installed during w/o 67-68. In the same building was two large water tanks, one full of salt water, the second full of fresh water that supplied down town.

ET2 Frank Nadeau - (1962 -63 Winter Over) - Virginia, USA.  Wintered over 1962-63. Worked in the Comm Center halfway up the hill. Moved the Electronic spare parts from a snow bank outside the Comm Center down to the second deck of a newly constructed warehouse. New pictures don't allow one to figure out where the old buildings were. PM3A provided power when it was up. We lived in T-5 huts where the guy on the bottom bunk slept in a down mummy bag and the guy in the top bunk just used a sheet.  - email available

Ken Osicki (Zorro) (BioLab McMurdo, DF 63 - Broadview Hts, OH  Winter over 62-63 as Manager BioLab and Asst. Station Scientific Leader. One of the "USARPS" housed next door to the chapel.

Lou Pelosi (W/O 69-70) - Wake Forest, N.C.  ABF2- worked fuels at McMurdo and Williams Field.

John Pennington (1969-70) - Abilene Texas  (Radioman Second Class E-5, U.S. Navy), Wintered Over at McMurdo Station working at Transmitter Hill and Relay center.

Dave Petrie "DavemacP" - Halley Bay, Adelaide Island, McMurdo - 1963-65,66/67,69/70,73/74, Yetholm, Scotland  Beastie man etc. 2 years Halley Bay. First ice depth radio echo sounding by aircraft, Adelaide island. First Hercules flights radio echo sounding from McMurdo, discovered Lake Vostok. Fleming glacier radio echo glacier velocity experiments.

Andy Prevento jr (W/O 68 - 69) - USA -   Wintered in 1968 and 1969 at McMurdo, enjoyed myself and what a trip, I rode one of the C121 super connies back to Christchurch NZ in Oct of 1969. Retired as a senior chief. best of luck would love to see the place now that it is all done.

Dick Przywitowski SKI (1966) - Lafayette, Colorado  Winter over at Pole Station 1966, Winter Over McMurdo Station 1968. Station Scientific Leader both stations.

Paul Rhoads (Hallett /McMurdo - winter over 66-70, summer support 71-72) - Houston, Tx. USA 

Mike "Rice-a-Roni" Rice RM2 (South Pole & McMurdo - 1969/1970) -  Carlsbad, California, U.S.A. Summered at South Pole Station, Wintered Over at McMurdo Station. Arrived McMurdo Sept. 1st, 1969 on VXE-6 Super Constellation "Pegasus", which crashed opening base the next year and is still down there. Departed Ice on 31 October, 1970. While at Pole was communicating with Max Conrad flying the "White Penguin" when he pancaked into the ice upon take off. His plane is still at the pole. Had Christmas dinner with Rep. Jerry L. PETTIS on Christmas day 1969 and made a phone patch to his wife. Jerry L. PETTIS Memorial V.A. Hospital in Loma Linda CA is named after him. That's where I go for treatment for cancer from exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam in the 60's. Would like to hear from any other Winter Over 70 guys or ANYBODY who has endured the Long Antarctic Winter.

Burke Richards (1968) - Lewiston, Idaho, USA 

Paul Rhoads (McMurdo - WO 66,70, SS 71,72) - Magnolia, Tx. USA   

Gary Seal (63-66) - Alton, Ill   Was summer support during those years rm3 then rm2 when not at McMurdo we were based at Davisville RI

Bob Seiders (1961-1963) - Florida    NSFA aerographer's mate. Also at Little Rockford Station early 1963

Rich Spatz (McMurdo & Longwire, 1967-1968) - Pleasant Hill, California  USARP W/O McMurdo 1968 spent the summer of 1967 at Byrd sub-station Longwire

Thomas J. Stearns (Deep Freeze 1968) - Cleveland, Mn. 56017  Hut mates were: Downs, Holland, Bostwick, Cloer, Keilty, Konkel, McIntyre, Pogue, Rudloff, Simonton, Thomas, Wade, Meyer, Powell, Hanson & Fine.

John Svensson (McMurdo, Deep Freeze 1963-1964) - Kalama, Washington  As I did Oceanographic work in the Arctic 600 miles north of Pt. Barrow, Alaska.  I am listed as one of the last 100 living Arctic explorers by Ohio State.

Clinton "Gene" Van Horn (1967-1968 winter over) - Walker, IA  I was an RM2 with the winter over crew of 67-68. If any of the crew from that year would be interested in communicating, I would enjoy the connection.

Jim Webb (WO 69-70) - Estes Park ,Colorado    USARP with NBS in Boulder

Eugene Whitehead (1961/1962) - Orange Park, Florida 32073   Also det ChCH 1964/1969

Randy Wood (1968 - 1969) - Friendswood, TX  Looking for a copy of the W/O 69 Cruise book

Jimmy "Woody" Woods (McMurdo PM3A plant - 63/64) - Timmonsville S.C.   


McMurdo Base and Observation Hill in November 2006
Photo: Gaelen Marsden, Creative commons licence


McMurdo Base in November 2006 from the top of Observation Hill
Photo: Gaelen Marsden, Creative commons licence

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