Interview of Charles A. Bevilacqua by Dian O. Belanger

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Title: Interview of Charles A. Bevilacqua by Dian O. Belanger
Creators: Bevilacqua, Charles A., 1930-
Contributors: Belanger, Dian Olson, 1941-
Subjects (LCSH): United States. Navy. Seabees -- 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: Seabee builder Charlie Bevilacqua used his expertise in erecting Quonset huts to win a place on an already filled Deep Freeze I roster. He became the chief builder for the McMurdo base when the senior chief was sent home following a tragic drowning. Wintering over, he inspected and repaired prefabricated building panels and cut trusses apart to allow for airdrop at the South Pole. At Pole, he oversaw the construction of the camp buildings on the snow, digging some in to keep the roofs at one level. McMurdo's leaders greatly impressed Bevilacqua. He took an active part in building the unplanned chapel and helped also with New Zealand's Scott Base.
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/36730
Other Identifiers: Record Group Number: 56.160
SPEC.RG.56.160
Rights: Restrictions: This item is not restricted.
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