Interview of Kenneth L. Waldron by Dian O. Belanger

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Title: Interview of Kenneth L. Waldron by Dian O. Belanger
Creators: Waldron, Kenneth L.
Contributors: Belanger, Dian Olson, 1941-
Subjects (LCSH): United States. Navy -- Electric installations -- Interviews
Operation Deep Freeze
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: Navy electrician Ken Waldron was nineteen when he volunteered for Antarctica. At Little America V in Deep Freeze I, he was first a tractor driver moving supplies to the station, which he then helped build and wire. He explained freezing antenna poles into the snow and trusting them to be climbable, planning any work to minimize time bare-handed in the cold. Waldron elected not to stay, but after a northern summer back at the Seabee base in Davisville, RI, he asked to winter over with the first group at the South Pole. Attending generator school at Peoria proved unexpectedly but critically useful when responsibility for that operation became solely his. Making up wiring connections and measurements indoors helped him complete an installation before the wire froze. He admired the ingenuity and work ethic of his peers and the leadership of Drs. Siple and Taylor and Lt. Tuck. He learned and grew at weekly lectures-scientific, medical, historical, technical-especially the one he gave on electricity.
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: 56.190
Rights: Restrictions: This item is not restricted.
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