Interview of Paul F. Noonan by Dian O. Belanger

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Title: Interview of Paul F. Noonan by Dian O. Belanger
Creators: Noonan, Paul F.
Contributors: Belanger, Dian Olson, 1941-
Subjects (LCSH): United States. Navy -- Photographers -- 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: Photographer Paul Noonan rode the cargo ship Arneb in Deep Freeze II to Wilkes Station where he wintered over. En route the ship got squeezed, near-disastrously, in storm-driven ice by Cape Hallett. On the Antarctic Circle, Wilkes had "almost seasons" but ferocious winds. Noonan helped in the hurried, late-season station-building and organizing of supplies. He kept separate sets of cameras for indoor and outdoor use to avoid drastic temperature changes that would cause alternate condensation and freezing. He documented trips inland to establish and supply the satellite station on the icecap. Like others, he credited IGY leader Carl Eklund and Navy officer-in-charge Donald Burnett for the clean and congenial camp atmosphere, their numerous off-program exploratory and scientific activities. After Wilkes, Noonan volunteered for the Task Force 43 staff, and in Deep Freeze IV he accompanied the Edisto to Ellsworth Station for its transfer to Argentina.
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: 56.181
Rights: Restrictions: This item is not restricted.
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