OAE's - McMurdo Base - 1970's
77°50.88'S 166°40.10'E
occupied since 1955 - This page - 1970's  1960's  1980's  1990's 

McMurdo Base on November 30th 2008 - click here to see a larger image you can zoom around. - Image Ross Swick.

 McMurdo pictures from OAE's

1961 - Larry Johnson

1963 - Ken Osicki
1970-71 - Dudley Vaughan
1972-74 - Ralph Lewis

1976-77 - Roly Hermans
1980-81 - Charlie Johnson
2007-2009 - Alan Light


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.

Glenn Ahlberg (Mugu, McMurdo, CH CH - 1978-1981 VXE-6) - Ojai, California  

Dennis Antonich, Tony ( McMurdo dome Charlie  and Byrd surface 1976-1977) - Spokane Washington   It was a great time

Steve (Reno) Atwood (1970-71 summer over) - Las Vegas, Nv.  I would like to hear from mates at McMurdo Station during the summer of 1969/70 or 1970/71. email anytime Steve Atwood SW3.

Billy-Ace Baker (ASA, NSFA, McMurdo, Winters 63 67 71 and 75 Summers 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80) - Pensacola Florida USA

James RUSSELL Barnes (McMurdo - Jan Dec 1970 WO) - Calgary, Alberta, Canada USARP 70WO; UTexas Sat Track.  Station tracked precursor to GPS satellites (Transit).  Long gone, the station was in a Jamesway located across the 'street' from still existing bldgs # 125/137 and uphill from the now gone NSF garage.

Jeff Barstow (1970-71) - Rodney, Michigan, US   Further comments: Ran electronic stores for the year I was there.

Tedd Duke Belcher (Pt. Mugu, McMurdo, Willy - 1977-1981) - Whidbey Island WA   Worked Christchurch and Willy field. AME/PR shop. Advanced Det for WINFLY 3 out of 4 years.

David Boyer (1972-1976) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee   

Thomas "SnowCloud" Brown (1975-76 WinterOver) - Makakilo, Hawaii   I was an AG1 Forecaster with NSFA Detachment Alfa, winter-over 1975-1976 and am now (2010) with PACAF in Hawaii.

Bill Bushall (PM3A Nukypoo - Summer 70 DF 72-73) - Aiken, SC    Our WO Party has reunions on the even years, this one Oct 21, 2010 is in Charleston, I look forward to visit for the first time. The PM3A has reunions on the odd years, next is May 2011 in Bronson, MO

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

Jeff Chiapperino "Chip" ('71-'72, '72-'73) - Merritt Island, Florida  Heavy Equipment Operator, "Night Shift".

Mo Clark (1975) - Odessa, TX USA  

Dale "Beef" Cockrill (Winter Over 1970) - Cartersville, Georgia  In search for W/O '70 crew members.

Michael "Crevasse Detector" Cook (75-76 & 76-77) - Los Angeles, Cal    

William Crawford (Pt. MuGu, McMurdo - 1977-1980) -   Casa Grande AZ USA

Kim W Davis PO First Class  (1976-1981) - Stuart, FL -   Served as Field Party Shop Supervisor (HF Radio), AFAN Radio and Television Engineer, SAR Radio Technician, NNN0USV Radio Operator, Traveled the continent establishing HF Radio at Research locations, including S Pole, Palmer Station, Dome Charlie, Dry Valleys, Siple Station, RISP, and many others locations.

John Da Wolf Wolfe (McMurdo, Palmer, Hero - 1972) - Green Bay WI  Winter over 71-72 at the Transmitter site with Butch Crandall (deceased), John Porter and Terry Nichols. Helped set up WASA radio station and was one of the DJ's through the winter. Married Bob May's (YN1) stepdaughter. Wintered at Palmer in 81 and was the radio operator on the R/V Hero in 82.

Larry R Densman Ret RMCMSW (WO 78) - Friendswood, Texas Had the pleasure of working with Billy Baker during one of his summer support periods.  Also was initiated to RMC During the winter.  The chapel burned down during the winter. We were the last Det Alfa.

Dick Decker (1977-78) - Christchurch, NZ

Kevin DePalma (1976) - Rio Rancho, New Mexico    

Rober Lynn Dix (McMurdo Byrd Surface Camp 1971) - Nicholasville, KY  I was a radioman at McMurdo in 1971-1972 and helped to establish the first Byrd Surface Camp in 1972-1973

Dennis Dunn (Mugu, McMurdo - 1972-1973-1974) - Knoxville    I was AT2. Worked on the hill in electronic shop repairing communication and navigation eq. For 130, s and 1h1ns.

John Egstad McMurdo fire house, wintered over 1972 

Ed Fack (75-76) -  Sheridan, Wyoming   Cook preparation, worked for Tidewater Management 1975-1976. Worked with Scott from Norfolk Va. Only two cooks that took the winter over survival course from Kiwi trainers (which the Seabee Officers didn't know). Our company was fired but Scott and I plus 4 others trained the new Kiwi workers. Any cooks out there???

John B. Fischer (RM2) (McMurdo Station Winter-over party - 1971-72) - Warwick, RI, USA  I was a member of the Antarctic Winter Over party 1971-1972. I was a member of the Search & Rescue team. My Primary duty on the Search & Rescue team, was a Radioman.

Robert L. Fish (McMurdo - 1973) - Cochranton PA email  AG2 in 1973. Was accepted for WO but they cut my billet while I was on the ice. They wanted to transfer me to summer support but I chose to go back to the fleet.

Fred T Fredricksen (McMurdo - 1979-1980) - USA  I also spent time at Siple station repairing their Teletype equipment. RM2 when wintered over.

Brian "Broke Dick" Fogg, RMC (W/O 1971-1972) - Richmond, Virginia, USA   Does anyone have a photo of the wall plaque that I made? .. it's the one with the eagle at the top. It was on the wall of the admin/communications building. Thanks - Brian (RMC Ret)

John Gasperetti (1974-1974, 1982-1984) - Renton, Washington   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.

Bob Gabby Gaboury (W/O 74/75) - Camarillo, California USA   Wintered Over 74/75 as a CEC running the Power Plant, Dick Masters was the Leading CE1, Great crew Lowest winter over party to date There were, if I remember right about 65 of us. Best to all - Gabby.

Bill George CM2 (Williams Field /Summer, McMurdo/Winter- WO '69-70) - South Lyon, MI    Spent the summer at Williams Field in Public Works. We had the nicest hut (jamesway) on the base. Wood paneling in our lounge, separate personal cubicles for racks, and an indoor urinal in the vestibule. The cooks were always giving us a case of lobster tails because we serviced their reefers and snow melter.

Kenneth George (1970) - Houston Texas -   Best duty I've ever had, bar none.

Lito A. Geslani (Antarctic Devron Six, 1970 - 1971) - Manila, Philippines  I am Lito A. Geslani 64 years old now and I was on the last flight of "Pegasus" on Oct. 8, 1970 aboard C121J that crash landed in Antarctica that affected my life and career. Would appreciate more information about the accident and wish to have communications with other members who were on that flight also because my memory is deteriorating. Thank you 

 Joseph R. Gogel (1970-1971) - Ferdinand, IN USA. Wintered Over at McMurdo DF71 as AG1 along with AG2 Thomas J. Hoffman and AG2 Robin Seib. Am currently assembling a roster of all Aerographers and Metrological Officers that were on the "Ice" between 1955 - 1999, please .

Earl F Griffith, Griff (McMurdo, Beardmore, Hallett - 1970-1973) - Helena MT

Bob Hatfield "Snake" (McMurdo - 1969-1970) - Eaton Ohio    Don't hear much from or about Seabees I wintered over with. more fleet than anything.

Bill Hames ATC, USN (McMurdo, Willy Field, South Pole, Su Support 1976-79, WO 1986-87) - Oklahoma City    Best duty of my Navy time. Great experience and some awesome people. Happy to be an OAE!!

Don Hay (1978) - Elmer NJ USA   RM2 during the 78/79 winter over period, spent the winter in the Firehouse. Looking for fellow members that wintered over during this same time to catch up.

Brian Hayek (1971-72) - Ballwin MO  CE2, worked doing electrical maintenance.  Was part of the crew that opened/closed Willie Field.  Lived in the power plant.  Spent time in the photo lab, and in the Sat Track station using their radio gear as WA9FAB/KC4 and running phone patches.

Norman Helmold (McMurdo Cosmic Ray Station, WO 1973) - Pasadena MD USA - email I was the last-minute COSRAY replacement manager who left the Army circa Thanksgiving 1972 and flew in to McMurdo after Xmas 1972 with a toolbox and a binder of drawings for the station upgrade.

Roland Hermans (Kirby Knight Catering - 1976, 1977) - Paraparaumu, New Zealand   I was one of a team of about 30 New Zealanders employed by contractor Kirby Knight Catering to provide support to the galley at McMurdo Station over the summer of 1976/77.

Roly's pictures

David Hirn (McMurdo Station and Byrd Station - 1971, 1972) - Sturgeon Bay, WI    U.S. Navy - Radioman Summer Support 71-72 McMurdo Station. 72-73 Byrd Station. 73 returned to Seattle via USCGC Staten Island (Thanks to Chief Brown). Thanks too to the guys at Scott Base for their Wednesday night phone patches back to Christchurch.

Jerry E Horton (1966- 68, 1973-77) - Raleigh NC  I would like to hear from photomates that I served with.

Michael Jacobs (1974-75) - Albuquerque, NM    I was in Combat Camera Group on temporary duty in Antarctica for the opening of the new South Pole Station (Jan 1975). I was considered the official US Navy photographer on the Ice.

Jerry Jones (PM3A - 1972) - Phoenix AZ  

Michael Jordan (McMurdo Station - 1971/1972) - Chillicothe, Ohio USA -  I was with Operation Deep Freeze 71-72 and was stationed at Willy field crash crew during the summer and was the first crew to winter over in the new fire station. I was a HT3 and took care of equipment and drove fire truck 2.

William "Bill" Jordan (McMurdo Summer Support - 1971, 1973) - Staunton VA email SK3, Supply Dept. Automotive Warehouse (McMurdo 71-72).  Rear Echelon Davisville 72-73.   Good duty, good people and opportunity to see a place  few others get to see.

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.

Paul Kelley (McMurdo, Byrd - 1977) - Simpsonville South Carolina -  1977 to 1980. US Navy Terminal Ops for 2 years and then Supply for 2 Years. Customs inspector in Chi-Chi one year.

Larry Kent (winter over 70, 71) - Ishpeming Mi    Wintered over 70/71 in town working on SARP radio's and then moved up to the hill, XMITTERS

James King HT3 (McMurdo and Willy Field  Crash Crew and Fire Dept. 1975 through 1979) - Alamogordo, New Mexico.  Summer support from 1975 to 1979 . Did four tours and have always dreamed of returning . I was just 18 in October of 1975 . Did some growing up on the ice .

Larry Korkowski, Ski (McMurdo Station - 1972 thru 1973) - Sun City West, Arizona, USA email Radio Operator in McMurdo, Editor of Australis monthly station magazine over the winter, volunteer DJ at WASA radio station.

Mike Kuryla (McMurdo Fire Dept. - 1974-1975) - Westmont IL USA  Was supposed to winter over in fire house 1974, budget cuts and went to Summer Support Force.  Left ice on Christmas Eve 1975 to be discharged.  Great time there!

Dennis Frenchy La Rochelle (McMurdo - 1972/1973) - Gulfport Ms.  Still kicking and missing old friends.

Bob Lawyer (McMurdo & Pole 1971 - 1974) - Albany, NY   Loved it, would like to go back, "in a heartbeat". Hauled a British radio physicist around on a skidoo for 3 months, camped out 2 miles from the old pole station nights in a row in a tent. Nice.

LCDR Ralph Lewis (McMurdo 72 - 73 - 74) - Bath Maine USA   Photo Officer, TF43/VXE-6.

Ralph's pictures

Ray Lish (1975-1977) - San Diego, Ca. email

John Muff Maffin (McMurdo - 75-78) - McMinnville, Oregon   RM2, Summer Support 75-78, Winter Over 76, HAM and MARS ops. Went to the most isolated place on Earth to get away from women, and met my wife there. Small world.

John Maxey (1971 - 1972) - Taylor  I was in winter over '71. Radio operator but volunteered to galley duty for the duration. Might say permanent mess cook. Have not seen anyone since i came back home.

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.

Jack McLendon (1978-1979) - Pensacola 

Paul McQuillan (1976 thru 1981) - Thousand Oaks, CA, USA   Navy journalist

Bradford S Miller (1975) - Virginia Beach, Virginia  06/74-02/75 NSF Antarctica, (19 Jan 75 South Pole), SH2 (supply dept.) Command Masterchief, USN (Ret.)

Robert E. Miller (1970, 1971) - Okinawa, Japan   MSgt. USMC/Loadmaster. Had the cargo division at McMurdo. Great group of people. One of the high lights of my military career. Still wear by VXE6 ball cap and have the "Pucker Penguin" patches on my vest.  Semper Fi.

Lorenzo Loren Moreno (VXE6 - 71-73) - Kennewick, Washington   McMurdo galley 71-72 summer support. Williams Field 72-73 summer support airframes shop. AMS E4.

Mike "Ziggy" Neubecker (76, 77, 78, 79 Summer Support) - Mancelona - email Summer Support PN2/PN1.  Besides Admin duties, was also DJ on radio station AFAN and a bartender at the Officer's Club.  Retired from the Navy as PNC(SW) in 1993.

Dan Ney (McMurdo station WD plant - 75, 76) - Weatherford Texas email We were the first W/O team to live on the hill. The 3 of were BT1 Don Rohleder, UT3 Jack Kernan and myself, UT3 Dan Ney. We were the first summer team along with UT1 Smith who didn't make the winter over that down town did not need to go on water hrs.

Ken Nightingale (1970-71) - Gorham, Maine

Vic Nordmann (Hallett station, Beardmore camp, Byrd station, McMurdo, 1969-70-71), - Louisville, Kentucky   Summer support 1969 season. Beardmoore base camp, Byrd station, McMurdo,  Hallett station 1970, 71. Station UT.

Jack O'Hearn (CBU 201 - '69, '70, '71) - Knoxville TN USA  Alpha Company McMurdo and Byrd Longwire Detachment. Hope to tag up with acquaintances from the Ice

Donna Oliver (Winter 1977) - Bainbridge Island, Washington. - Psychologist Researcher & Seabee Queen Only woman on continent

Kip Parker ET (1974-1976) - Vandergrift Pa -  - Was to winterover but USN cut half of force out so I took summer support instead of new orders. very glad I did as it was my best duty . We beat VXE6 for the volleyball championship! ET shop and XMTR site had ETC Parker, ETC Para, ET1 Thomas, ET1 Peterman, ET1 Fuller, ET1 Robinson, ET1 Linder, ET1 Klinger, ET2 Churchfield, ET2 Parker, ET3 Bolton, ET3 Porter, RT3 Stephenson, ET2 Draper, ET2 Lochman and I know there were others but I can't remember. Well it was a great time, one I will never forget! any of you guys out there?

Len Paine - Cookie (NMCB '71, NSFA w/o '79) - Rustburg, Va -   Siple sta.72/73 summer, South Pole 73/74 summer, w/o 79 McMurdo sta, cook and baker. Experience no money could buy.

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

John Pennington (1969-70) - Abilene Texas  (Radioman Second Class E-5, U.S. Navy), Wintered Over at McMurdo Station working at Transmitter Hill and Relay center.

William Duane Peverill - Pony (Winter Over 1970, McMurdo KC4USV/N0ICE) - Fresno, California   In charge of the Ham Shack. Great Times and Great Friends. We have a reunion every two years.

Michael Rice (South Pole & McMurdo - 1969/1970) -  Carlsbad, California, U.S.A. Spent Summer at Amundsen/Scott
South Pole Station as one of two base Communicators (Radioman Second Class E-5, U.S. Navy), Wintered Over at McMurdo Station working in Relay center. Hello to all OAE's (Old Antarctic Explorers), who have braved the harsh and dark Antarctic Winter. Smooth Seas and Prevailing Winds to all.

Paul Rhoads (McMurdo - WO 66,70, SS 71,72) - Magnolia, Tx. USA   

Bill Hemi Roddick (McMurdo Winter Over and Summer Support - 73-76) - Port Orchard WA  Public Works (Seabees) equipment mechanic.

Paul Sawyer (McMurdo - Winter Over 71) - South Lake Tahoe CA - Was a corpsman at the McMurdo dispensary. Helped build the bowling alley and worked there as a pinsetter.

Leo Sunshine Superman Schumaker (McMurdo 71 72 Williams Field Winfly 72 73) - Santa Barbara CA   Greetings, stationed in McMurdo. I was an EO and did fuel king for 71-72 Summer Support. Then went to Williams Field, Winfly, 72-73. Remember Frank Porcorney from Idaho, Bill Miller, deceased, from San Jose, and Bill Williams builder. Also Delray Kerlin. Now living in Santa Barbara, Ca. Please if you would like to connect. Wish I had pictures.

John Seites (mcb8 isasf, 1972, 73, 74, 75) -  When, where reunion?

Stephen Sliss Jr (McMurdo - 1972-1973) - Cali Colombia South America,  I wintered-over at McMurdo Station, Antarctica from October 1972 to October 1973 in the U.S. Navy

Tom Stapelkamp (McMurdo photo lab - Summer 69, 70, 71) - Eustis 

Wayne Stephenson, Waffel Weave Steve (1971-1972) - Salem, Mo  Looking for anyone stationed at McMurdo in 1971-72, Please contact me.

Ivan Silva "Colombo" (79 to 82) - Orlando Fl.   Would love to hear from anybody........

Richard Stark (1972) - Henderson -    RM (radioman) best part of my duties- reaching  out to short wave operators around the world. Seeing my shipmates faces when they hear loved ones voices so fare away thanks to cbs operators sparkie that me.        

Jim Stilburn (1970-71) - Victoria BC, Canada    I was the operator of the McDonnell -Douglas riometer facility from Nov 70 to Dec 71.  This was a one-man facility on the north side of the twin craters, near where the Radarsat dome now sits.

Ravis Stotts (1977-78) - Saint Petersburg, FL -   Wintered Over in charge of PP&L power plant. Initiated to Chief Construction Electrician in March 1968.

Kenneth Thompson (McMurdo, NSFA 74-78) - Thayer MO   I was the FUEL KING during my time there, and P.O.I.C. the last deployment 77-78 season.

Fred Cisco Tiscareno (McMurdo - 1974-1978) - Brookfield IL -  Airframes/Metalsmith

Brian Truss (McMurdo Station  NSFA - 76-80) - Jackson, Wisconsin  -  

Roger Turner (McMurdo - Winter over 1970, 1971) - Dummerston, Vermont email I cooked in the summer in McMurdo, but was sent out to Amundsen Glacier Camp where I spent a month cooking for the Ohio State U geologists and supporting VXE6 helicopter crew.  I was a night baker and midrats cook during the winter over.   It was an interesting time, and I've wondered if anybody tries to keep in touch.  

Alan Unthank (75-77) - Henryville, In.

Dudley Vaughan (1970-1971) - Buckeye, Arizona, USA   I wintered over as a heavy equipment operator (EO2) from October 1970, to October 1971.

Adelie penguin
Dudley's pictures

Gilbert Vizcarrondo (1971, 1972, 1973) - Tallahassee  Summer support McMurdo station. Penguin Power and Light.

Jim Webb (1970) - Estes Park Colorado    USARP, KC4AAE radio phone patches for the winter over gang. Lived up on Arrival Heights most of the time. Any one know where my old building went after 1970?

Mark Webster (Operation Deep Freeze - McMurdo 79  to 80, Winter Over 80) - Lees Summit MO   Looking to locate over Winter Overs from my group from McMurdo. Trying to get together Reunion.

JC Weirich SK (Supply W/O 71/72 S/S terminal Ops 72/75) - Shirleysburg Pa 

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.

Jeffrey Williams (Winter Over 72/73) - Marietta, Georgia USA   

Randy Wilson (McMurdo - 77, 81) - Hines -

Robert F Willy Wilson (72-73) - Wilsonville, Alabama  In 64/65 I was crash crew out willy field for the summer. For the winter I went into town and was in the fire dept. with D W Olsen as the fire chief. In 72/73 I was in public works as the senior EO .My crew had to maintain all the roads in the camp. we also had to build the snow runway for Winfly to land on. We also built the ice runway for the wheeled aircraft to land on. I sure enjoy my two winter/over tours and would do it again if they would let old farts do it again.

Bill Ypsilanti "Bear" (1970) - McMurdo Transmitter Site - Mesa, Arizona  Why of you OAE's making a trip to Arizona, give me a call. Frankly after a year on the ICE, why wouldn't you live in Arizona?

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  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..