My Second Antarctic Adventure – Palmer – Part IV

Heading South On Board the USS Edisto – copyright 2009 Jack W Cummings

On 10 December 1964 the USS Edisto left Boston Harbor and set a course for Anvers Island on the Palmer Peninsula in Antarctica (Some time ago the peninsula was renamed “Antarctic Peninsula). Commander Norval E. Nickerson had been the commanding officer of the Edisto since May, 1963. He had completed 3 Arctic deployments since taking command. During that time the Edisto had participated in Arctic replenishment of all the areas requiring icebreaker services in Labrador and on both the east and west coasts of Greenland. CDR Nickerson had under his command not only a crew well trained in Polar Operations, but also a ship that had been proving herself since she was commissioned on 20 March 1947. Anyone wishing to learn more about this proud ship can do so at

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My Second Antarctic Adventure – Palmer Station Part II

A year of Preparation – copyright 2009 Jack W. Cummings

Barbara and I were prepared to spend six weeks in the San Francisco area while the west coast selectees for Operation DeepFreeze completed the necessary physicals, in fact, this process as I remember took no more than two or three weeks. During that brief period, I was able to complete the paperwork necessary to bring Barbara into the Navy Family. We soon said goodbye to friends, and headed south to Rialto, CA to spend a few days with parents and family and to allow Barbara to continue the process of settling her affairs there. Continue reading “My Second Antarctic Adventure – Palmer Station Part II”