Interview of William T. Hess by Dian O. Belanger

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Title: Interview of William T. Hess by Dian O. Belanger
Creators: Hess, William T., 1922-2002
Contributors: Belanger, Dian Olson, 1941-
Subjects (LCSH): United States. Navy. Supply Corps -- Interviews
Operation Deep Freeze
Oral history
Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Interviews
Polar regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Interviews
Antarctica -- Discovery and exploration -- Interviews
Issue Date: 2009-04-23
Publisher: Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program
Series/Report no.: Antarctic Deep Freeze Oral History Project
Abstract: Chief storekeeper Bill Hess had charge of supplies at McMurdo in Deep Freeze I. Organized and "fussy," he insisted on the orderly unloading and storage of cargo, including food and fuel, so that from the start he could locate every item in the supply dump. He ran the ship's store and, with the supply officer based at Little America, was also the agent cashier. Over the winter he organized the logistics of supplying Pole Station and worked with two Air Force sergeants to plan and pack materials for airdropping. In the summer, Deep Freeze II, he coordinated with Pole construction officer Bowers to keep supplies arriving in the order needed. Hess prided himself on motivating workers by outworking them. He died in 2002.
Description: The Antarctic Deep Freeze oral history project was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and supported by the Antarctic Deep Freeze Association. The original paper copies and unaltered tapes have been deposited in the library of the National Science Foundation.
Other Identifiers: Record Group Number: 56.171
Rights: Restrictions: This item is not restricted.
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