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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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1980's

Mary Amerson (1980-81) - St Petersburg FL, USA  email  I was in the Navy and stationed with VXE-6. I went down to the ice for 6 months. Did a bit of travelling since I worked for our maintenance officer. I went to the south pole, Scott base, the dry valleys, and on a helo ride over part of the polar plateau to name a few. Can't get it out of my head. Most awesome experience of my life.

Robin Ardalan (1987-1988) - Grants Pass  Looking for past co workers and friends.. A yearbook from this time and maybe memorabilia too. I lost my home to a fire and this was an amazing time in my life I would like to replace some memories.

Earl K. Austin (1980-1981) - Juneau Alaska  Hello friends my number is 907-635-1500.

Kara Barnes (1988, 1989, 1990 - 91) - Sacramento, CA  email  I worked in the personnel office for NSFA. I was a PN3 and spent 3 summers in Antarctica.

Gary Bastiani (1981-1984, summer support) - Wilmington NC  Worked at the WD plant making the water.

Bruce L. Beardsley
, Radioman, "BB"  (1980-85) - Loveland, Colorado  Worked the Message Center, Savin Copier and Teletypewriter Repair, Mars shack Manager/Operator for three seasons, Winfly 82, 83, 84. Assisted in Homeport 85 prior to transferring in Dec. Met a lot of good people, Military and Civilian alike. Wouldn't have missed it for the world. Would love to go back again..

Steve "Torch" Benbrook (1981) - Mesquite, Texas USA     W/O 1981

Dennis Bode (McMurdo Transmitter Site - Winter-Over 1980-81) - Orlando, FL  

Ed Boike (1979-1983) - East Jordan, MI.    

Bernie Brown (82-84) - Arlington VA   Radioman, Worked the Message Center, Mars shack Operator Wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Kimberly Brown (1986 -1987) - Denver, Colorado    Winter Over Crew 1986-1987. I worked as a Draftsperson, Construction Coordinator, Electricians Helper, and SAR Team member. Hello to all that the adventurous souls who wintered over! I still remember the winter-over softball games, trips to Black Island, and weekend trips to the Ski Chalet.

Craig Bush (EO2) (1983-1984 (w/o)) - Crestwood KY   OAEA is scheduling a bi-annual reunion in Houston TX in Nov 2010. Any winter-overs from 83/84 drop me a line. Hope to see you there!

Kevin Call (1979-1982) - San Diego  I would enjoy contacting other OAEs that I served with there from 79 to 82.

Mark Cohen (ut2) (1982) - West Branch, Mi    Water plant

Joe Cmor (ET1(SW)) - (1984) - Darien, New York, USA    Wintered-Over 1984. Retired from U.S. Navy 1994. Lives and works near Buffalo, N.Y.

Gene Crain (1980-1981) - Nilwood Illinois -    Retired

M. Davis (McM/Siple/Willy/Byrd/SP - 79/80 80/81 81/82 91 thru 96) - Vanc, WA   Construction Electrical Foreman for: Holmes & Narver / ITT / ASA

L. Dennis (87/88) - KY   Best time spent in the Navy

Chris Derby (McMurdo/VXE-6 - 1989-1992) - Jacksonville, Florida   Further comments: Still miss it to this day...The best flyin' I ever did...

Diane Dugger (1987 and 1988) - New Vernon, NJ, USA  My life certainly changed because of my experience down there. I hope I can contact Lisa Federoff, Kathryn Price, Dawn Prchlik and Ann Davis. So glad to see this website!

Mikell D. Dyer, "Mike / Chap" (1993/94) - Pomaria, SC, USA  I was the only US Navy Data Processing Tech. (First Class) supporting all the PC and Mainframe computers with he help of a junior Petty Officer. I got the nickname of "CHAPS" because I was the Lay Minister that preached each Sunday and held a bible study. What a GREAT time !!!! However, I missed the birth of my only child on 12/10/1993. But, everything worked out for the best. I would go back again if asked :)

Randy Edgerly (1988) - Ballston Spa, New York    Looking for SW2 Paul Dunstan

Larry Estes "Sweet Pea" (McMurdo 1980-81) - North Richland Hills, Texas  Wintered over during the 80-81 season. One of the best thing God allowed me to do and see. Took a ton of slides, wish I could get them all digitized.

Robert Felix (1986-1987 winter over) - Al Udeid, Qatar   

Clark Ferguson (Winter Over 1981 McMurdo WD Plant) -  BT2 W/O 1981 at the Water Distillation Plant (WD Plant) and worked with the outside plumbing crew.

John Gasperetti (1974-1974, 1982-1984) - Renton, Washington  email  I was stationed with the Seabees during the 1974-75 and 1982-1984 summer seasons. I ran the bake shop in the evening and would like to get in contact with all others that were there during that time frame. Great times, great people and of course great parties! My daughter actually went there a few years back working for Raytheon, had a great experience.

Jeff Gaudette (1987-1988) - Onaway MI USA  

Bill Graney (1979-1983) - Simi Valley, CA

Mike Griesman (W/O 1988) - Charleston SC   33rd W/O crew. Air traffic Control

Andy Holesha (1986, 2005) - Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.  

Ed Holton (1987 - 1991) - Douglas, AZ, USA. NSFA Medical. email  I was Leading Petty Officer of NSFA Medical from 1987 through 1991 and made 4 deployments. My last time was spent as the Senior Medical Dept. rep in Christchurch. I would like to hear from any shipmates that were there at that time, as well as any current personnel of McMurdo medical. I was the last Navy X-Ray Tech permanently assigned to NSFA Summer Support.

Scott Hudson aka Napier Waggon (1987-1989) - Baghdad, Iraq    1987-1989 at McMurdo was a magical time with some of the best people I have ever known in my travels.

Mike Johnson (82/83 - WO) - Milwaukee, WI    USN-Retired MR1(SW) 1983 W/O crew. Arrived 10/5/1982, departed 10/5/1983. Worked for the Seebee's Transportation Dept. as the assigned machinist. Would love to hear from anyone who was stationed at McMurdo during this time.

Peter van Kampen (PvK) (1990) - Switzerland   Down on the ice with the Kiwi Huey team Nov-Dec 1990. Actually trying to find "Mouse" the photographer from VXE-6 and Pt Mugu...

Greg Laubert PR2 (1984 - 86) - Mays Landing NJ   Came to the ice 84-95 season, the rest spent in Chch. I loved it all!

Kenneth Leckie (McMurdo, Christchurch, 81 - 83) - Fort Smith, AR   I was a Builder with summer support. I Loved it, would like to go back in a heartbeat.

Tim Leistico (South Pole '80 / McMurdo '82 / Williams Fld Year/s 80-85) - Oakland CA   Nice to find this site.

Jesus Lozano (W/O 87/88) - San Antonio, TX USA   33rd W/O. Had a great time with everyone down there, would like to know if anyone has pictures of me flying my kite, at midway point , between McMurdo and Williams Field, during Fuel transfer?

Kevin McDevitt (1984-85,87, winter over 84-85, summer support 86) - Kansas City, Missouri -  Would love to hear from anyone that was stationed there at those times.

Mike Mullen (NFSA McMurdo USCGC Glacier, 1980-84) - Grand Prairie, Texas  Best tour of duty during 23 years of Naval Service. Many memories and long lasting friends due to this assignment. It was great being a Navy Photographer assigned to NFSA. It was almost like being on a 4 year vacation.

Dave Olsen (1986,87,88,89) - Basom, NY  email  NavPolarOceanCom ice observer, also worked aboard M/V Greenwave

Mike Osterhouse (1983, 1997, 1998) - Elizabeth City, NC    Worked in the weather office

R. McCurdy RMCS USN Ret. (McMurdo Sta Communications Crew - W/O 81) - Chambersburg, Pa.  Loved the ice and great people.

Rodney "TJ" Petrin Jr (1981 - 1986) - Sunapee, NH -   Served Summer Support from 1981-1986. One season Winter Fly in, one season as Homeport Representative and a half season as liaison in Christchurch, NZ.

Jim Reams (1989-1990) - San Diego CA   Missed the Ice had lots of good times down there.

Mark Ross (83-84) - Mt Orab Ohio  Winter over 1983/84 RM2, currently retired RMC

Jeff Rozlog (88-89 and 91-92 winter) - Beach City Ohio  

Dawn Shook (1987-1990) - Virginia   - Ensign

Thomas L. R. Smith (McMurdo Station & Port Hueme - 1987-1989) - Olympia, WA   US Army Captain assigned to NSFA Terminal Operations. Made two deployments to the Ice. Retired from the Army 1998 as a Major.

T. J. Smith USN retired (W/O 83-84 Fire Dept) - De Soto, IL    I would like to talk to anyone for 83-84. As all say "I would go back in heartbeat."

Gene Starks (w/o 1987,1988,1990 and 1991) - Sacramento Ca.    Miss the Ice a lot tried to return several times but due to heart disease that's not possible, remember building the dorms 207and206, dismantling several T-5s, jamesways, working on installing the rolling overhead doors in the heavyshop, may other construction projects, trips to Black Island, and the dry valleys. John Cummings, C.J. Ringlieb, Nate Sheldon and myself were the first to work back to back winters, now I see its common. First winter was the hardest but also the most memorable. Oh yeah hello to Al Martin, and Kim Brown.

Barry Swierczewski (McMurdo, Williams Field, Byrd, Siple, South Pole, winter over 1981) - USA  

David Taber (1985-1986) - Hesperia, California   Looking for old mates

Jim Terrace (1983) - Madison Ohio -  Would like to hear from old friends, please reply.

Liana (Lee Ann) Turner - Willy Field II, Willy III, McMurdo, Black Island (1984) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 

Peter Vossenberg (McMurdo and Amundsen Scott South Pole Station - 1982) - Orlando Florida -   Winter over at McMurdo and in 1986 Winter over at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. I was the cook baker during both winter overs.

Mark Webster MS2 (1980) - Lees Summit, MO    We were part of the 25th Anniversary for Winter Over, the 50th Anniversary of Byrds flight over the South Pole and we also had the tragic Air New Zealand Flight where 257 people lost their lives on Mount Erebus on November 28, 1979.During our Winter Months we also built a new ice pier at McMurdo.

Michael White (1986-87) - Camarillo, CA     U.S. Navy Winter Over crew 86-87 and loved it. Retired for the USN in 1992 with 20 years. Now working as a Construction Inspector

Wayne Woollard (Sarge) (1988-90, McMurdo, Port Huneme) - Shaw AFB Sumter SC  


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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