Interview of Robert L. Chaudoin by Dian O. Belanger

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Title: Interview of Robert L. Chaudoin by Dian O. Belanger
Creators: Chaudoin, Robert L.
Contributors: Belanger, Dian Olson, 1941-
Subjects (LCSH): United States. Navy. Seabees -- Interviews
Military engineers -- 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: Yeoman Bob Chaudoin chose Antarctica for the adventure. After serving on Admiral Byrd's staff and then Task Force 43, he transferred to the Seabee battalion MCB (Special) for Deep Freeze I and sailed south on the Glacier. Working closely with Lcdr. D. W. Canham, McMurdo's officer in charge, he typed the station's daily journal (intended as a guide for later report writing) and handled other correspondence. He was a member of the South Pole construction crew and postmarked bags of philatelic mail there. Disappointed to not winter over at Pole, he later helped run the Navy's Antarctic office in Christchurch and accompanied Capt. Edwin MacDonald on a cruise in the Bellingshausen Sea.
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: 56.163
Rights: Restrictions: This item is not restricted.
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