South Pole Winter 1974

last Navy to winter

Back row, left to right...CE2 Charles Nicholson, HM1 Paul Morrison, EO2 Bob Slater, Nick Knezevich, Jr., SK1 Bill Simons, LT Winston Cope, LT Bob Braddock, Charles Jenkins (SSL), Tony Meunier, Jeff Galebrough, Bill Bochicchio, Melvin Ellis

Front row, left to right...UTC Ronald Bowers, CE1 Will Runyon, RM1 Rich Gilette, CM1 Ralph Snyder, BU1 Frank Burke, CS1 Roberts, Arthur (Dusty) Miller, Paul Rydelek, Don Nelson

The complete list...

Bowers, Ronald L., UTC, NSFA
Braddock, Robert L., LT (CEC), NSFA, officer in charge
Burk, Frank L., BU1, NSFA
Cope, Winston L., LT (MC), NSFA
Gillett, Richard D., RM1, NSFA
Knezevich, Nick, Jr., NSFA
Morrison, Paul W., HM1, NSFA
Nicholson, Charles, CE2, NSFA
Roberts, John H., III, CSC, NSFA
Runyon, William E., CE1, NSFA
Simons, William C., SK1, NSFA
Slater, Robert T., EO2, NSFA
Snyder, Ralph L., CM1, NSFA

Bochicchio, William, geophysics, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Galebrough, Jeffrey, geomagnetism, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Ellis, Melvin Y., doppler research, U. S. Geological Survey
Jenkins, Charles, geophysics, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Meunier, Tony K., doppler research, U. S. Geological Survey
Miller, Arthur, upper atmosphere, Bartol Research Foundation
Nelson, Donald, geophysics, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Rydelek, Paul, geophysics, University of California, Los Angeles

The photo is courtesy of Ed Hamblin received January 2008. The list of names in the photo
is from Ed along with Paul Rydelek. Thanks to both of you!
(unedited original, 1425k) 

List source: Antarctic Journal (NSF), July/August 1974

Here's an interesting winter tale about these guys, also from Ed Hamblin who was at McMurdo:

Just before the last flight to Pole in Feb 74, several of the Pole Navy crew had come to McMurdo bludging (good Kiwi term, that). It was all amassed at Hill Cargo and palletized for movement to Williams Field to go out on the last plane south. On those AF pallets were plastic bags, and bunches of other stuff. Instead of worrying about their gear, the Pole crew had one final McM drunk ex...and the palletized material didn't make it to Pole. We never found it.. We actually didn't know the AF pallets didn't make it until the Pole was already locked down and the Pole Storekeeper Bill Simon contacted me and wanted to know where his stuff was. One of the mysteries of the universe.

Now move ahead to summer 77-78. After winter over, I stayed summer support. My last deployment was that 77-78 season, and I was involved in a lot of McMurdo clean up. On the north side of the Hazmat warehouse [Building 185. uphill from the garage, seen in the center of my 1972 Ob Hill photo], there was a humungous snow drift, and I could see there was something underneath. That part of McM stayed in the shade, so it wasn't melting off. I got a bucket loader, and started clearing...lo and behold, there were the 3 AF pallets of Pole material buried in that drift.