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William (Billie) La Rue - U.S.S. Staten Island, 1964-1965. Hi, I am trying to locate my father who served on this ship. Or any descendants, I have been trying for years and haven't had any luck in finding them. I know he had three sons at the time, that hopefully are still alive. He was stationed in Wellington New Zealand in1964-65 and was approximately 31yrs of age. I would appreciate any help you could offer or any information on how to contact them. I can be contacted at this  address or phone on New Zealand cell phone 0211762525 or mailed to C Marshall 142 West Tamaki Rd, Auckland 1072 New Zealand. Thanks in advance Cherie, Auckland New Zealand. Feb '13

Eastwind - I am interested in locating my birthfather. His name is possibly Garfield Vetrees but not sure of spelling. He is tall and of African American descent and in Christchurch New Zealand around 1958-59. My mothers name was Rata Spencer. He also had a friend called Lawrence Gardner.  Lisa Robertson, Adelaide. Mar '13

I Am Looking For Bill Waters He Was On The USS. Northwind in 1967,1968. Richie, Camp Radcliff Vietnam, 1966-67.  Boston Ma Jul '13



USCG Staten Island moored onto fast ice off McMurdo Station 1971-72


USS Arneb AKA-56

Frank Dietl (USS Arneb - 1957-1958) - Southampton New Jersey   Having served aboard the Battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) for two years (1955-57). Next assigned to USS Arneb (AKA-56) for Operation Deep Freeze III. This cruise was to go around the world, stopping in many countries. The highlight was to make our way into the Antarctica with 6 other ships and embark personnel (1956-1957 previous wintering over. At the same time disembark new personnel and Scientists (1957-1958) and supplies for one year. The Arneb was to supply four bases: McMurdo Sound, Cape Hallet, Wilkes Sta., Little America. I don't remember how long the ship was in Antarctica, but I do remember there was no night, always daylight, 24 hrs. Working around the clock to off load supplies. When the ship completed it's task, we sailed up to Sydney Australia. Starting this cruise I volunteered to help Fr. Birkenhauer Jesuit Priest with Catholic services. At Cape Hallett, Father left the ship to winter over.

Quentin Risher (SS Arneb - AKA-56 - 1956--1959) - Tewksbury, Ma. USA  Took part in Operation Deepfreeze- II III & IV. Looking for any of my old shipmates. While onboard I was a Radarman 3rd class.

USS Atka


Robert Dietrich
Atka, TF-43,Glacier (1954-1957) - Lemon Grove (San Diego) CA  Further comments: Navy Journalist (now retired JOCM) files photos, documents of Atka Expedition (54-55), Deep Freeze I and II.

Charles Hickey
EM2 (USS ATKA AGB3 - 1957 - 1959) - Iowa Park, Texas    I was a new sailor on my first big cruise aboard the USS Atka. I enjoyed the adventure and will always remember the trip. I would like to locate or purchase a USS Atka Operation Deep Freeze III Cruise Book 1957-1958. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.


USS Curtis

Virgil Yonts (1955-1957) - Church Hill US,  

USCGC Eastwind - WAGB-279

Tom Baxa (1955-1956) - Barefoot Bay Fl.    

Rich Humphreys
(USCG Eastwind W279 - 1964) - Deptford NJ  I am looking for a shipmate with the last name Planton
possibly from Oregon.

Jerry Murdock
(ET3 - ET2, USCGC Eastwind, WAGB-279 - 1962 - 1965) - Onalaska, TX, USA  Eastwind was my first ship. We were inside the Antarctic Circle 126 days straight during the '62-'63 season (McMurdo, Adare, Hallett, Williams Field & vicinity). I liked it so much I shipped for 6 later in '63. During the '63-'64 season we went to the Palmer Peninsula to survey the area around "Base N" on Anvers Island in preparation for construction of Palmer Station. I volunteered to go with the Seabees on the shore party for the survey. Since they needed someone to maintain the communication gear, I got lucky. Even luckier, the comm gear worked fine, so I was able to help with the survey.

During the '64-'65 season we went back to McMurdo, but the ice mostly moved out by itself, so we had time to do more "sightseeing" than before. A bunch of us were able to get a tour of Robert Falcon Scott's 1911 base camp guided by Sir Charles Wright - who was the physicist & glaciologist on the Scott expedition. I wanted to stay on the Eastwind, but had to transfer in '65. Now retired CWO4(ELC).

USS Glacier AGB-4

Zane Lile (electricians mate, USS Windot 1958/59, USS Glacier 1958/60) -   Very good site, the pictures bring back many happy memories. I made the cruise in 1958/59 in the USS Windot KA92 a cargo ship full of winter over items. I was complete mesmerized by the ice. So I requested to be transferred to the USS Glacier for the 1959/60 cruise, I liked it even more then the first trip. Not only the cruise but the people of New Zealand were very friendly both south and north island. Would like to get in touch with old shipmates from both ships. Thanks for the memories.

Larry King (USS Glacier AGB-4 - 1958-1964) - Terrebonne Oregon  Just watching a Documentary on McMurdo and brings up my memory of my first trip to McMurdo. late winter /summer of 58 onboard uss glacier AGB-4, Not to be smart ,but you guys there now have it made, I remember that we would offload fuel through Long fueling hoses on to land, Now its NUC, Made 3 trips there and looking back , It was the time of my Life ,Love New Zealand and the people and even married a new zealander,Would love to hear from anyone of that time and toss around storys if you wish or communicate with anyone there now, Feel free to email me

John Lipski (MCB 1, USS Glacier AGB-4 - 1955-56, 1967-68) - Long Beach Ms 39560.   Summered - 1955-56, Wintered Over 1967-68  Equipment Operator- Unloaded Ships, Worked on airstrip annual ice, worked on runway at outer Williams Field. Came home on the USS Curtis AV-4

Brian Universal (HU2 / USS Glacier - 1957, 1958) - Eden, NY   Looking for people who were associated with HU2 from Lakehurst, NY, either in 1957 or 1957.

USNS Greenville Victory

Dale Griffith
(USNS Greenville Victory - 1957-1958) - Sun City West, AZ   

USCGC Northwind WAGB-282

John C. Burritt
(1958 - 1959 summer support) - Fleming Is., FL USA - I was one of 3 Navy HU-1 helicopter pilots. We did ice recon, and cargo and personnel hauling. One of the most memorable trips was taking Sir Raymond Priestly, a British Geologist, out to the Shackleton and Scott huts. It had taken him 6 days to go from McMurdo to the huts by dogsled years ago. We did it in about 20 minutes.

William Eberlein (Willie) (1976-1977) - GardenNorth  VA USA 

Donald Miller (1965) Long Beach, CA  

USCG Staten Island

Monty Compton
(USCGC Staten Island 1971-1973) - Yukon, Oklahoma   I have made a journal of my memories of the trips. I served aboard the USCGC Staten Island from 1971-1973 as a Marine Science Technician Third and Second Class. Monty Compton MSTC USCG (retired).  Monty's journal

Roger Fair RD2 (USS Staten Island AGB5 - 1964-1965) - Port Clinton, Ohio USA   Served aboard the SI for April 64-June 65

Barry Puckett (USCGC Staten Island - 1966 / 1967) - Cary, N.C. USA    I was part of a 16 man helo crew from Navy squadron HC-1,NAS Imperial Beach Calif. We supplied the helo crew for the Coastguard on Operation Deepfreeze 66/67. I think the Navy had just transferred this ship to the Coastguard. We took the UH-2A/B Kaman Seasprite helicopter to Antarctica for the first time. We broke the first channel into McMurdo that year .We spent time in Wellington N.Z. and Christchurch N.Z. plus Hawaii and American Samoa . What an adventure for a 19 yr. old . I remember Capt. Norris and some of the coasties!!!!! We all got the Antarctic service ribbon and became shellbacks.

Pat Ruby (USS Staten Island - before 1968) - Versailles, KY  Widow of Buster Couch who served aboard USS Staten Island prior to 1967

Robert Stevens, BOB, Ltjg (USS Staten Island, AGB 5, 1962-1963) - Guilford, CT, USA   Aboard Staten Island as 1st. Lt. during 1962-1963 transit to McMurdo and Palmer Peninsula, latter to scout possible sites for US Base. Accompanied by USS Burton Island and USS Glacier.

Douglas Strobel - Doug (1956-57 Deep Freeze 2)  - Base: USS Staten Island AGB5   Brentwood, CA USA. Didn't know any SEABEES from the Wyandot.. I was a Chief Radioman on the Breaker.....I am 86 years old now....

CGC Westwind WAGB-281


Joe Rogers (1966 - 1969) - Grand Rapids, MI USA  Operation Deep Freeze 1966, start of construction on the new Palmer Station. Operation Deep Freeze 1968 McMurdo resupply. Learned how to have fun in the "Old Guard"!

USS Windot KA92

Zane Lile  (electricians mate, USS Windot 1958/59, USS Glacier 1958/60) -   Very good site, the pictures bring back many happy memories. I made the cruise in 1958/59 in the USS Windot KA92 a cargo ship full of winter over items. I was complete mesmerized by the ice. So I requested to be transferred to the USS Glacier for the 1959/60 cruise, I liked it even more then the first trip. Not only the cruise but the people of New Zealand were very friendly both south and north island. Would like to get in touch with old shipmates from both ships. Thanks for the memories.

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