Interview of William E. Stroup by Dian O. Belanger

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Title: Interview of William E. Stroup by Dian O. Belanger
Creators: Stroup, William E.
Contributors: Belanger, Dian Olson, 1941-
Subjects (LCSH): United States. Navy -- Electronic installations -- Maintenance and repair -- Interviews
United States. Navy. Seabees -- 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: Seabee Bill Stroup made chief petty officer the same summer he volunteered for Deep Freeze I. He was the chief electrician for Little America and building Byrd Station. Despite chaotic offloading, Stroup found all of his electrical supplies and moved them to tunnels between buildings where those bound for Byrd Station could later be broken out and sorted. He had charge of the supposedly self-regulating generators, which were a constant problem because of an uncorrectable design flaw. Stroup explained the challenges of raising antenna poles in snow, melting snow for water, and improvising equipment and repairs. He discussed the tractor train trip to Byrd, including walking behind the rein-driven equipment in dangerous areas. Having learned the hard way at Little America, he suggested they not disturb the snow at Byrd Station where the station was to go, so it was less work to level for foundations. He found incoming DF II personnel uninterested in learning from the pioneers' experience, a common situation.
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: 56.187
Rights: Restrictions: This item is not restricted.
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