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I would be interested in finding some photo mates and others from 65-67 I know some are not around anymore lots of stories to tell haha
Wonderful service to all of us who had the great fortune of experiencing Antarctica.
Enjoyed the site and look forward to completing my application. Have been trying to hook up with more USCG Edisto shipmates and flight crew from Operation Deepfreeze 70/71.
Tommy Duhon HM2 SAR Air Crewman
Was supposed to Winter Over 74 in the firehouse – budget cuts and did summer support. Went back 75-76. Had a couple good fires at McMurdo and Willy Field. Mike Kuryla HT2. Many good times – lot of hours in a crash truck on ice runway. I am looking for pictures of that era at McMurdo. Looks a lot different now. I liked the old town look from back then.
VX-6 Photographer in 65/66–66/67 Would like to hear from some “Puckered Petes from that era.
If any replies to my email—-please show VX-6 in subject line.
Winter-Over “82″ The last crew of PPL “Penguin Power & Lights” power plant. Photographer for the Winter-Over Cruise Book. Search and Rescue Team, Lots of great times at both Scott Base and Mac Town. Worked at the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch 93-96.
W/O 70/71 McMurdo fire house spent hours shinning pole- we boxed under Coach BMC Conden- teeth replaced by LCDR Robert G. Esquire
Need some help here – if memory serves me correctly (and at my age that is not always the case) when I was in VXE=6 and either in ChCH or on the ice we had what we called a list of “Falcon Codes!” Does anyone have a copy they could send me? My daughter is an artist and would like to communicate with some of her friends without everyone knowing what she is saying and I mentioned the Falcon Codes – seems like the answer (possibly) to her problem. I know we used it extensively while I was in the squadron but have either misplaced or lost my copy of it. Thanks in advance….
Mel (VXE-6 Supply 1973 – 1976)
I am the daughter of Cdr. Arthur W. Jones who was a pilot assigned to DeepFreeze III and IV. I wish to inform you that Dad died this past February. While going through his things, I found foreign money from New Zealand and from Fiji. On this currency are signatures. I assume that his base, either into or out of the Antarctic was in New Zealand and Fiji and these signatures are men he served with. Could you tell me if this was a common practice at that time?
USCGC Eastwind WAGB-279 Deep Freeze ’64 – ’65 Flagship into McMurdo and on the cover of Life Magazine pushing ice. I was an EM3 on that trip. We crossed the Antarctic Circle going North and the Arctic Circle going North in less than four months in 1965. At that time we were told it was a record. We went to Palmer in ’65 – ’66 DF. It’d be great to hear from any old Eastwind shipmates. There will be a reunion in Portland, ME in June 2013 of all Eastwind sailors.
Gabby,doc,mr.p. did not get to reunion in cal. Hope everyone is doing great Peg and I wish we could have made it but work and family buss. Would not allow the time.We sure missed not spending time with people we care about. We sure hope to see all of you in Virginia in 2014. Hope you are all ok and in good health. Take care call at 301-3344563 or email at email@example.com Hope to see or hear from you soon. Eo3 Moose Cannon s/s 71-75
W/O DFIV 58-59. Fastest year spent in the Navy. Enjoyed every bit of it. Sure wish I would have looked under floor of Shackletons Hut when we toured it.. That scotch sure would have tasted good. Would like to visit McMuirdo again. Lots of fond memeories. Have been to only one reunion sadly.
summer support, 1970, worked in cargo yard at willie field, trainee loadmaster onlc130. was on c121 that crashed on oct 8
Did the last two Deep FDreeze cruises aboard the USS Mills DER-383 in 1966-67 and ’67-’68. Awesome trips. Would almost love to do it all again.
Worked Air Cargo,67-68 then went to AME school.AME’s 68 thru 70. Then went real Navy and took the last full cruise on USS WASP with VS-22 and 32. Hey Paul S Clay we sure do remember you. VX-6 was by far the best duty in the Navy.
Wintered over in MCmurdo 1957-58 as a ag3 with vx 6 also spent 6 weeks at the beardmore glacier.
W/O 66, was CM3 at that time. Summer at Willy Field with crash crew, wintered town at the fire house
spent 2 summers 1973-1974, 1974-1975. was us navy x-ray tech at McMurdo station. like to hear from some old friends at that time.
I worked for NZ National Airways/Air New Zealand from 1958 in Christchurch New Zealand and was involved in many aircraft repairs but my greatest involvement was as the General Manager of Air New Zealand maintenance when we negotiated to undertake all SDLM maintenance on the C130′s in Christchurch from 1986. Our main local contact at that time was Lt Cmdr Richard Anderson USN while Dr Peter Wilkness (NSF) and Lt Cmdr Walt Karver (USN) were our main Washington contacts.
I served as an MK-3 aboard the USCGC Glacier WAGB-4. I made two South trips on ” BIG RED “, Deep Freeze 79-80 and 80-81. It was an ABSOLUTELY incredible adventure and experience that I will never forget. Thanks for having this site , I hope that I may be come a member. TAKE CARE AND ALL THE BEST!
W/O ’62-63 ETN2 Looking for ET3 Bob Mack
this is a good site i come down on the USS BURTON ISLAND AGB-3 operation deep freeze 62-63 had an expenence that i will never forget spent some time with vx-6 crew. am looking for anybody who was on board then the skipper i think then was capt Lewis also looking for a cruise book
great guest book!! Wintered over DFIII , 57-58. McMurdoSound. Trying to join OEAEA. hAD NO LUCK WITH
firstname.lastname@example.org. also want to subscribe to Gazette” I live in Kalamazoo Michigan. (still staying cvold after all these years. Dont know if I ha ve outlived all my mates who wintered back then (hahah)
Winter over 1974 & 80 than came back to summer in 1983-87 and again 1990-1992 retired DCCS Oct 1992. Its been over 20 years since I’ve seen the ice.
Wishing all the OAE’s good health, prosperity and safe keeping in the coming year. Happy New Year to you all.
Might have to join since a few of my shipmates are here in Pensacola. Avionics Tech and Utility Aircrew with VXE-6 summer suppot 77-80 and 83-86. Like real OAE’s, earned my ribbon the cold way.
I was fortunate to lead the first NZ Army Cargo team to Antarctica in late 1972. Four people stick in my memory from my few short weeks at McMurdo: Choyce Prewitt who worked at Mac Centre; Maj Mac McGaw who I reported to during our short tour; a fellow whose name I have forgotten who lived down in an ice cave at the control tower at Williams Field ice runway (he had a taste for New Zealand cheese and I sent him a parcel of cheese once I was back home); and the aircraft maintenance leader (?) who I shared a room with at Willy Field BOQ. If any of you should come across this short note, thank you, I have very special memories of our short working relationships! Kia ora from Auckland, New Zealand!
Ted: According to Adm Dufek’s book, Pilot of the R4D first at the pole is Shinn, Hawk’s (pilot of the 1st otter to crash, ’55) as co-pilot, Swadener, navigator, Strider as plane capt.,Cumbie as radioman. Maybe Jay has other info.
My book, FIRST SOUTH POLE LANDING – THE PILOTS STORY won first place in the Delaware Press Annual Contest. You can read the pilots own words. Also, it has the original radio log and weather log of the 31 October 1956 landing at the Pole. For a copy, contact author Jan Churchill at email@example.com or web page:janchurchill.com
Many good photos in this book. Written by an R4D pilot!
new e-mail adress
Was LPO of NSFA Summer Support Medical Dept. 1987 – 1991. Made 3 trips to Ice and last deployment as senior Medical Dept. rep in Christchurch. Best tour in 20 years of Naval career and had a ball! Was the only x-ray tech on the continent of Antarctica. Would like to hear from anyone on the Ice or in Christchurch during that time.
Just a question for anyone who might have some information at their disposal -
I was told by a relative (can’t remember who exactly) that another relative had flown on the Que Sera Sera. That’s all I remember being told, so I have no other details of the story, but would like to know if it’s true. All I can say is that the last name of the crew member had to be Ingraham. I used to work at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, and they had some records there, but I didn’t find anything that indicated an Ingraham being on the aircraft at any time. Can anyone tell me where to look or actually give me an answer to this question? Thanks in advance!
Anyone who was stationed at McMurdo during the time that the nuclear power plant was in operation and until all the soil at the plant site was removed. There is a good posibility that you were exposed to radiation as now they are admitting that the plant leaked. Many people stationed there have died from cancer which could have been through the results of that radiation. Recommend that all who were stationed there during that time contact the Va to be tested for radiation exposure.
Went to the Ice in “66″ with CBU 201. Worked on the water lines from the nuke plant to MacTown. Looking for anyone in 201 who was there at that time. It was an experience I’ll never forget.
Summer Support from 1979-1982 as an RM1/RMC, Winter-Over 85/86 as RMC. Ran winter over club, beer/soda and booze store during the winter. Retired as an RMCM in 1993. Best times during my career were down on the ice.
i was there in 64 thru 68. worked on a/c line, also was loadmaster on 320. does anyone remember pat sureth? he was a 2nd class medal smith back then. anyone having info give me a call.—( 352)-342-5645.
W/O 72, CM-2. public works.
Congratulations to all of the incoming Board members.
2012 OAEA Elections Committee Chair.
Congratulations to Jerry Marty, Laura Snow, Wayne Germann, and Thomas Henderson on their elections.
Was in VXE6 from 70-73 and was flight metalsmith on 318 when it crashed and burned at Willy Field in 71. Worked in QA and Maint Cont my last year. Made Chief while in the Squadron and retired in 91 as a LDO LCDR. Spent lots of years at Oceana in various squadrons. I saw a couple of names here that I remember, Jim Bain and Willie Barr, hope you guys are doing well. Had lots of fun in 6. Would like to hear from anyone who knew me.
NSFA – Air Operations (77-79)
Just learned of the site from George Mixson (NSFA AIR OPS-79-80)
Great tour, with many friends out there. Hope to make the November Bash in San Diego
LC-130 flight engineer from 1975-1980.
Spent the 86 – 89 seasons with VXE6. Participated in the initial recovery of 321 at D-59. I never had the opportunity to winter over but closed out each year I was there. Lots of great memories of the squadron, McMurdo, and Willy Field and more than a few lost memories in the Erebus club and Willy Tavern.
Looking for shipmates serving aboard the Arnie-B during this time frame. 1957-1961
Nice website. Bumped into it accidentally. I’m investigating the destruction of Antarctica’s and Greenland’s glaciers by a material called cryoconite. I look forward to exploring your website a little more too.
Those of you on Deep-Freeze One, 1955-56 might be interested in a 1971 book by Richard Montaque, “Oceans, Poles, and Airmen” found it on Amazon. If you were on the Arnab, Glacier, or CGC Eastwind, while they were Flag. My thoughts concerning Adm Byrd confirmed.
A small reunion of three personal from Byrd DF68 getting together in Northern Ca. Dr Schaaf, Richard Lynde BU1 and Rich Spatz USARP Long Wire. A great time is expected. Hope this will bring other members out of hiding.
winteredover vx6 i 62 returned to vx6 64-69
Great to see the OAE site up. I was a Pole W/O in 88/89, 93/94 and a heap of summers there between 88 and 97. There was a Palmer trip in there too, I think in ’97.
Hello to everyone!
Was xo aboard the USS EDISTO for deep freeze 63/64. Am planning to go to the reunion in San Diego. See you there.
Flew on the goonies in 63-65, and on 644 from 65-67. Greatest job in the U. S Navy…
Great to find out that there is an Antarcitc Explorers Assocaition that I can join and locate some of the friend I met on the Ice.
VX-6 McMurdo SS 63&64 – VX-6 Det A WO64.
Anyone out there that w/o ’64/65 at Byrd contact my e-mail pls.. Have only been in contact with 3 others over the years
Wintered over at Cape Hallett 1960. Had a great time with a great bunch of blokes. Would love to see the place again. Is there anyone out there from 1960? contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
W/O ’72 McMurdo. Did just about everything but dentistry. Am I the only one left alive? Where do OAE’s hang out?
I was just looking up some interesting info about my father who was in Operation Deep Freeze in 1957 and 1958. I wish he had become a member before he passed away in 2004. He had lots of stories to tell. His name was Charles Allen Gemeiner. I think he retired in 1958, I was 3 years old. I missed out in being a Navy Brat.
Winter over DF71 weather guessers Joe Gogel, Robin Seib, Thomas J. Hoffman. Hell of a ride in on the Pegasus, better flight out. Trying to put together a winter over weather guesser roster for all the years. any input would be appreciated……..
New e-mail address
hi guys w/o 73 pole, w/o mcmudhole 75, ut-1 kenn saxman (allagater),just wanted to say hi. ut1 ret. USN
VX-6 Willy field AT-shop in 66 Hut 7. Connie crew 67 Pegasus644.
Greetings to all! I have been looking over old photos and memorabilia of my Dads time “on the ice”. Bill May ETSC. He loved it there and always spoke highly of the men who served with him!! He was there twice around 1956-1958 I think. I believe he has shared some of his photos with this organization. I miss hearing stories of his adventures. Please keep this spirit alive and thanks to each and everyone of you for all you have done!
Happy 4th of july to all my OAE shipmates. Warren Barney, PR1 Ret. 64/65 Pararescue team jumpmaster.
Glad to see we have a guest book again. Interested persons who care about the USS/USCGC Glacier. There is a group trying to save her from becoming razorblades. Help would be appreciated.
four summers and two winters at wilkes station. operated ham radio kc4aac. g’day.
ixbpxwg http://tinyurl.com/8564nwx – nicki minaj pussy , gediopn
Just found this while looking for some OAE’s from DF64 and 65. We were in VX_6 at the time. I looked on Wipikidia (or whatever it is) and they seem to have some miss information on the squadron but I cannot verify my information at this time so corrections will have to wait. Hope to find a few Puckered Penguins here. God Bless.
Was there in the 50′s and wish I could go back.
Wintered over at Mcmurdo as a buh2 in asa, returned in 68 ss with vxe6 as a pr2pj jumpmaster in 68 now living in Warwick RI . Active in New England chapter of OAEA…………Anyone wishing to contact me, feel free to do so…………….email@example.com…………………………………HOOT
Signing guest book, Im Norman Nason care giver
First trip to the ICE was in June of 1967. Latest trip south was in March of 2009…….note I didn’t say Last trip south.
W/O 90-91 McMurdo. Old Chapel Fire. Mid-winter Medevac of NZ Engineer.
Searching for any information/pictures/stories about my father Michael Berg who wintered over at least three times at McMurdo anywhere from 73-78ish. Think young, straight outta high school, glasses, worked in weather with balloons and data collection, had a radio show, played darts, etc.
Wintered over 1973 and summer support 1978-1979.
Has anyone seen the Titanic Toe Sucker?
Wintered over at McMurdo 1970-71. I was with USARP and operated the McDonnell-Douglas riometer facility, which was on the back of a hill behind the base. Hoping to attend the OAEA reunion this November.
Was going to WO 70-71 at Steelworker shop but billet cut so only stayed the summer. Came back 73-74 to be the WO Fire Chief at McMurdo Station. Have been to two of the reunions and hope to be there in San Diego the end of November. Looking to get a Space A flight from Norfolk to North Island. If I do not make it I will be helping with the Tidewater Group to host the Reunion in Nov 2014.
Glad to see the Guest Book up and running again. To all my fellow shipmates; a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Make sure we all stop and remember our fallen military Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines this Monday.
God Bless You All.
USS ARNEB (AKA 56), Operation Deepfreeze I, 1955-56.
Just joined club short time ago. Was stationed on the USS Glacier AGB-4 from July 1961 til September 1964. Was an Engineman, had good time aboard, have been to 2 Glacier Reunions.
Bob Archer EN3 USS Glacier -AGB 61-64
W/O 69-70 McMurdo and Williams field fuel systems. Had some good times throwing darts at the bar with Marty (Doc) and others. Loved watching “old man Coop” (Cooper) come back into the bar for another round only5 minutes after leaving from the first visit. He always had ice on his beard and was thinking he was just arriving. He was so blitzed he used to go around in circles trying to take off his hood. He was a pal ,seems like yesterday ,don’t know if he’s still around
Hey all,,,, Just looking to see who is out there from 64 to 72. Jimbain ABH2 loadmaster
Was with VXE-6 DF 71-73 and operated KC4USX amateur radio station at Willy Field.
W/O with VX-6 Det Alfa in 1963 and 1967 YN2,YN1.
Darn, all the historic comments into the aurora australis. Hope to see some names from VXE-6 and maybe Det Charlie. I spent three seasons at Hallett and was among the crew that closed the station in Feb 73.
Winter over 74 at McMurdo, Summer Support 1975-1978.
VX6 Pararescue team 64/65 New format looks nice. What happened to all the old entries?
Nice clean look!
I hope you enjoy this new guest book as much as i had fun building it.
If you decide to use it, I will get some people to sign in form the Facebook sites.
Hey everybody, hope you all come by and leave your name and email addresses in the OAEA guest book, A great way to re-unite with OLD friends and OAE’s friends My contact information is BobGaboury@gmail.com
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