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Freddie P. Spainhouer, 1957-1958 - My dad, Freddie P. Spainhouer (US NAVY, Retired, PTCM) was hand picked by Admiral Byrd to be a photographer for Operation Deep Freeze I and dad built the first photolab at McMurdo. Dad was sent back to the US by ADM Dufek after wintering over, because dad was in a plane crash in Antarctica, just before Christmas 57 and had injured his back. Dad will turn 90 on 2/11/2013. He still lives in Dallas, Texas. He does not get on the computer very much any more. We are wondering if there are any other DEEP FREEZE I participants still living. - Steven Spainhouer  Dallas, Texas. Feb '13

Richard Calsetta (1958-1962) - Great Falls, Mt.    My father Richard "Dick" Calsetta served with MCB6 and was in the original landing party to the south pole in operation deep freeze. Does anyone remember my dad? I am not sure of the date. He landed with 6 or 7 other guys and they started getting things ready for the next landing. I have super 8 movies of his time there. Please e-mail me any memories. Richard Calsetta Jr. Feb '12

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

Neal Bicknese (Bick) - (WO DF1 DF60/61 DF63/64) - Casper, Wyo Full Time RV    I Wintered over all three times at McMurdo although I Spent the Summer a Byrd station in 63, Married my Wife of 52 Years in Sydney Aust. on the way home from DF1 Met her in CHCH On the way down.

John C.Burritt (1958-59) - Fleming Is. FL

"I was a Navy helicopter pilot on the USCSC Northwind for Deep Freeze IV in 1958 - 1959. We departed Port Lyttleton, NZ for McMurdo, escorting and cutting channels in the ice for supply ships going to McMurdo. One of the most interesting helo trips was taking Sir Raymond Priestley out to Hut Point to see Shackleton's and Scott's huts. We were able to go into Shackleton's hut. It was like going into a shrine. No one touched anything, we just left our name, outfit, and date on a piece of paper stuck on the wall. We were enthralled with Shackleton's stories of how it had taken him a week dogsleding to get to the hut. He was enthralled with the fact that we covered the same ground by air in about 20 minutes."

Campbell UD2 (Cape  Adare - 1957/58) - Pa  Looking  for men servicing during  DeepFreeze Operation II. I was stationed at Cape Adare and was on the ship Arneb when it was caught in the ice.

Bill Fisher - McMurdo (1957-58) - Kalamazoo, Mi    A great year to winter over. I was US Navy Radioman. Vivian (Bunny) Fuchs was knighted for his Antarctic crossing and I believe Sir Edmund Hillary presented Her Majesty's knighthood to him (flew in from Christchurch, did not winter over. My big, big boss was USN Admiral DuFeck. Turned 21 yrs while there. I was responsible for "cutting" teletype tapes for transmission later. I sincerely apologize to Sir Vivian Fuchs and ADM Dufeck for any typo's.

Trevor Grice (OP deep freeze Christchurch - 1967 to 1987) - Christchurch TF 06 364311  Secured a deck mounted generator for the Glacier which enabled the ship to complete its mission, before it was razor blades. When they returned to Christchurch under the command of Capt. Dick Taylor we put up a sign on the wharf which stated 'Its not sinbad the sailor, it is Taylor the sailor" to their great joy, They were wonderful years and i have lots of memories of other incidents. Warmest. Trevor Grice

Joe Morrow (1958) - USS Atkauss atka, currently Mineola, Tx

Gonzalo (Chalo) Sanchez (1961) - VX-6, Quonset Point, R.I.   Would like to hear from the members of that year wintering-over party. I was an ADR-3, crew member on the HUS-1 Helos. Those were some of the best experiences of my life which I will never forget.

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.

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.

David Sweet (USS Arneb AKA-56, 59-60, 60-61)   - The Villages FL. As an 18 year old kid, I joined the Navy to see the world....and I did!

Ron Tisue (1959) - Cincinnati, Ohio    Interested in finding others who were wintering over during Operation Deep Freeze IV.

Pat Unger (Little America 5 DFII MCB Special Det. Bravo, 1957) - Indialantic Fl. USA  I was the MO at LA-V DFII 1957, any contacts with shipmates would be appreciated.

I have come into possession of hand written letters from 1956-57 from key personnel involved in project "DEEP FREEZE". These are personal letters to loved ones. My goal is to return the letters to surviving family members. Please contact me for more details. Thank you. Lt.John C. Mosley U.S.Army

Mike Eldred  - "Operation Deep Freeze" historical blog, featuring photographs taken between 1961 and 1963, over the course of two different Operation Deep Freeze missions.  The blog includes photos of wildlife, military operations, Coast Guard and Naval vessels, as well as historic photographs of McMurdo Station taken less than a decade after the research station was established.
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The kitchen "tent" at McMurdo in 1955 where the food was prepared for our crew that was constructing the base during Deep Freeze 1. Everyone ate outside sitting on crates etc. during the initial stages. I slept in a tent near to Scott's Hut Point building.
Picture courtesy Ken Meyer (PH1-USNavy 53-58 MSgt USAF Ret. 58-73


U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker "Eastwind".
One of the icebreakers used by Operation Deep Freeze  in 1955-56
Photo US Navy - NSF


Aerial view looking Southerly toward McMurdo Base that was being constructed at the base of Mt. Discovery during Deep Freeze 1 about Dec. 1955 . The faint dark triangle from the ice edge is the two tractor trails that led from the cargo ships to the base. The air strip runway is to far right near top of picture.
Picture courtesy Ken Meyer (PH1-USNavy 53-58 MSgt USAF Ret. 58-73


Aerial view of the Williams Air facility (Now McMurdo Station) in 1957
Official US Navy Photo - NSF


Two U.S. Navy Yard Oiler Ships (YOG) frozen into the annual sea-ice at McMurdo in 1956. These were used as fuel storage facilities while the base was being built
Photo - Commander Jim Waldron USNR (Retired) - NSF


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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