Seabees in Antarctica
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Antarctic pictures from OAE's
- Larry Johnson
McMurdo 1963 - Ken Osicki
McMurdo 1970-71 - Dudley Vaughan
McMurdo 1972-74 - Ralph Lewis
McMurdo 1976-77 - Roly Hermans
McMurdo 1980-81 - Charlie Johnson
McMurdo 2007-2009 - Alan Light
Sea Bees in Antarctica
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.
Terry Baie (CBU 201 - 1968-1969 summer support) - Apopka Fl.
Rowland Bliss (ASA - 1961) - Stafford, CT USA In 1961 ASA stood for Antarctic Support Activities, It was a Seabee outfit, we were summer support based in Davisville, RI. I was stationed at Williams field. We hauled freight off the ships up to McMurdo Station. In February 1962 I broke my leg at McMurdo Station and was flown to Christchurch NZ, then to Oahu ,Trippler Army Hospital. I finally ended up in Newport Naval Hospital.
Bronze Navy Seabees Seal or Flag Holder - 6" diameter - from $39 - Nebraska Seabees
Dave Bernier (Seabees Ellsworth Station, 1956, 1957 no winters) - Surprise Arizona USA email
John Clampet (CBU 201, 1968) - Miford - Spent 2 seasons at Palmer 68/69, 69/70. Worked for ASA and Raytheon at McMurdo from 96 to 2008. Miss all the great people.
Barry Gibbs (CBU 201 - Summer '67/'68 & '68/'69) - Averill Park, New York
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.
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.
George Hensen - (USN CBU 201 - 1967) - - Palm Bay Florida
Joe Jones (NSFA summer support - 1974) - Lemoore Ca. USA I was a US NAVY SEABEE (EO1) at McMurdo Public Works. Worked a lot with the NSF in scientific explosive needs. Dome Charlie.
Charles Lauter - (Hallett base - 1961) - Miami FL I was also stationed at Little Rockford. Population 6.
P W Lint - (ASA and NSFA - 1962, 63, WO 64, 1980, 81, 82, 83) - Ormond Beach
Paul Kelley (76-80) - Greenville SC - Worked in Terminal Operations and Supply summer support. Spent time at Byrd surface camp 77.
Rick Mathieu (Hallett, McMurdo - 1970/1971/1972) - Loudon, TN USA 1970/71 Station electrician at Hallett Station. 1971/1972 Electrician at McMurdo, Penguin Power and Light. EM3. Looking for Hallett Station team members in the summer of 70/71: Vic Nordmann, Al Koeplin, Tom Boggs, Walt Miniard, Dave Pruden or Chief Floyd Stevenson. Also field team leader and great guy EO Sr. Chief Dick Edgerton. Others, Rich Belfari from NYC, Sid Levine from West Haven CT.
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.
Jim Igor Kaelin (McMurdo & Willie Field - Winterover 1977) - Park Hills, KY CM2 Spent the summer at Willie Field and the winter in McMurdo. Had a great time on the "Ice" and met made friends with some great people.
Bob Manke (Red)UT2 (Byrd Nov '59 - Dec '60) - Pendleton, NY USA Is there any other Seabees or other naval people from those years still around?
Clyde McCauley (Ellsworth station - 1957-58) - Key West FL Spent many days shoveling snow for drinking, cooking, bathing. Did my share of mess duties, Working on D-4, D-8. Helped replace broken track on D-8 with Walt Davis, and my fingers still don't like cold weather. name is on a small rock (over 1,000 m high) over there. Would do it again. Great group of people. Loved to use Ham gear to talk to the outside world during the long dark winter.
Robert J. Moffat "Bob" (Ellsworth Station- McMurdo - 1/58-3/59 10/65-10/66) - Meridian, Id. USA Had a good time at Ellsworth. I WAS A CE1 at the time. There were 6 Seabees as part of the crew, with a Ensign CEC officer in charge. A Navy Lt. was the OIC, Lt Paul Tidd. He was the the helo pilot. I was stationed at Ellsworth for the winter of 1958. I was one of 30 navy, and 10 civil types, we were supporting . I was a construction electrician, first class. i have a mountain named for me. The trip was one of my top duty stations of my naval career. We had a good year with no big problems. we had a naval lt for our oic, a dr. 2 navy pilots, and a civil engineer , who was my officer in charge. Our only comms with the outside world was by ham radio. No mail in or out. When we departed in March of 59 The station was turned over to the Argentine Navy.
Gerald (GJ) Miller (McMurdo PM3A - 1963 and 1969) - Grapeview USA I am the grandson of CWO GJ Miller USN Seabee who operated the PM3A plant for the navy nuclear program. And I don't want his legacy to be forgotten.
Leo Murawski (w/o 76/77) - Retired - Vernon, FL
CUCM Johnnie Nash (Mc Murdo, Sea Bees -
arrived 1974, left 1975) - North Charleston, SC
Willie M. Neely (ASA - Byrd station 1963/64) - Algood, Tn. USA
Vic Nordmann (McMurdo, Hallett, 1969-70-71), UT2 - Louisville, Kentucky
Darrell Richards (CBU201 1967-68) - Watsontown Pa Have many photos from summer seasons. 1 of Lt. Gibbs on guitar with group I believe celebrating Christmas 67.
Carl Ruffer (McMurdo and Pole Station - 1969, 1970) - New Jersey Looking to hear from any of the boys I served with from CBU 201
Terry Ruffing (Seabees unit 201, 1970) - Bellevue Ohio
Mike St. Pierre (McMurdo / New Byrd, 59 / 60 / 61) Hernando, FL. I was sent to Davisville right out of high school. The unit then was MCB special. I had no idea it was operation Deep Freeze. I spent the first summer at McMurdo, and the second at Byrd building the New Byrd.
Rich Spatz (McMurdo & Longwire, 1967-1968) - Pleasant Hill, California USARP W/O McMurdo 1968 spent the summer of 1967 at Byrd sub-station Longwire
William (Bill) Sumrall (Ellsworth Base 1957)
- Sherman, Texas
Roger Stevens (NSFA, Seabees - 1981 thru 85, 1993) - North Charleston SC
Ed Tarker (Antarctic Support Activities - 1967) - Berlin, Pa., USA
P.B. Unger (mcb special detbravo - 1957) - Melbourne Fl USA Looking for contacts wintering over LAV
Steve Wendt (Winter over 74) - Indianapolis Indiana, Retired navy in 1993 as a Seabee Diver. Retired from second career on 2016. Would love to go back as a 19 year old kid the experience was tremendous for me.
Thom Wilborn (Antarctic Support Activities (ASA) - 1971-1972) - Washington, DC I was the ASA Journalist who ran the radio station (WASA) and newspaper (ASA Sometimes). I would like to thank all the volunteers who kept the radio station going all-day, everyday during Summer Support. I'd also like to thank the Seabees who helped me with the artwork and cartoon masthead for the "Sometimes." They deserve the full credit for bringing bits of home to all the guys on the Ice. Thanks to Jorge Raviero, Jack Frost and Andy Anderson who made such interesting stories published back home. My deepest thanks and since appreciation to Capt. Eugene Van Reeth and the late Commander Robert "Bouncing Bobby" Balchunus, the best CO and XO anyone could ever have. Also thanks to the galley crew for giving us the best food in the Navy. I can't remember all your names, but for Al Bray and Don Jackson, you were the best shipmates and friends I ever had.
James B Wilbur(Jim - MCBU201 - 1965-66) - Spanish Fork, Utah
Trying to find... To use this option, fill in the registration form, but include your own name and email as a contact, requests kept online approx. 2 years
I'm looking for anyone who served with my Dad.
Commander Archer E.
Church I believe he was a part of TF-43.
He was a Seabee serving as Assistant Chief of
Staff/Civil Engineers/US Naval Supply Force. He died in
2006. I actually remember talking with him via short
wave radio while deployed on the "ice". He was a part of
an emergency group flying fuel to save the winter team
that was about to run out of fuel. It was either 67 or
68. They flew 22hr's straight and he was awarded with a
Naval commendation of some sort for that mission.
He has a place In Antarctica, known as Church Ridge named in his honor.
My one regret is not being old enough at that time to have the same interest in his work in Antarctica, as I have today at 66.
Arch was a wonderful dad and grandfather to my children, a dedicated Naval Officer, and we still miss him greatly. Anyone who either served with Arch or has any information about his time served on the "ice" would be greatly appreciated.
Bob Leyshion, Jr., Solon Maine email Mar '21
I'm sure I did this already...
every now and then I send out emails, a proportion
of these bounce back as "not found", often because it was a
former work email or an ISP that no longer exists, as there
is no longer any way to make contact I delete the record to
keep things as current as I can.