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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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Kenneth Rager - McMurdo Station, 1956-57? My name is Traicy. My grandfather was Kenneth and I believe he was 17-20? yrs old when at McMurdo Station. I don't know all the details but he was from Pennsylvania and had 1 daughter Debbie born in 56 (my mom) and another Diane born in 57 at the time. He had 5 more children. I know that he developed frostbite on his hands as many did and told of ice in his beard. He also was a softball pitcher for the Navy. If anyone knows of him or has pictures of him with fellow servicemen please feel free to contact me. Pennsylvania.  Jun '13

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.

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).

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

Jimmy Burke "Phantom Mouse" (McMurdo - 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964) -  Ossipee New Hampshire   Worked loading C130, Mees Cooking, Admin office, drove the weasel truck 1943 studabaker, got to the pole on 1962 flight, had the greatest time of my life in those years.

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.

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

Marty Childress (McMurdo 69-70) - Louisville, Kentucky  1969-70 w/o Dental Tech (DT2) - Crashed, Burned & Lived to tell...

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

Durham, James T. (Winter-Over 66-67) - Coconut Creek, Fl.33073   Started out in 1966 with VX-6 Medical Dept. Stationed at the sickbay at Williams Field. Transferred to the Winter-over party of Deep Freeze 67.CDR. Mills was our Base C.O. Being a career Hospital Corpsman I found myself flying Medivac missions in Vietnam about a year and half after coming off the ice.

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.

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.

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.

David A. Kaczmarczyk "Kaz" (McMurdo Transmitter Site "up on the hill" - 1966-1967) - Chesapeake, Virginia   Worked at the transmitter site and operated the Ham Shack for yhe phone calls home with Cmr Mills, RM1 McKensie (Mac) and ET! albrecht. Was there for the first C141 fly by (no guts) Air force crew and the first landing of same (navy Crew) "Oh those fresh provisions and mail.

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

Ed North (65 - 66 W/O) - Wolcottville In.   CM 3 at the time, Willy Field summer with crash crew Wintered at the firehouse in McMurdo.

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.

Larry C. Parmiter  (CBU 201 - 1967 - 1968) -  Murphy, NC 28906    Good memories with 201 67/68 at McMurdo. Retired CWO4 USN Nov 89. Prior to 201 I served with MCB 6.

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

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.

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.

Bob Stevens (Winter over at McMurdo - 1968) - Sacramento Ca.  Would love to communicate with anyone from the winter over crew.

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

Greg Winebarger (W/O 67-68) - Current location: Hermiston, Or.

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.   

Wayne D. Wright (Christchurch / McMurdo / Travis AFB - 1963) - Aurora, CO 80012 USA   Further comments: Would like to see Some Photos of VX-6's Jamesway Hut and also The Movie theatre, as well as USAF' James way hut. and any info as to the C-130 that had to use the Ice runway to land and slid off at end of runway into snow bank, Tail$ 813 inn 13th of Dec 1963.


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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