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June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #1105
my dad cmdr. archer e. church (seabee) was chief of staff for civil engineering on the ice from 1967-68. he died on 7/7/2006 and iʹve not had a days peace since.my youngest daughter and i were extremely close to him and she also cannot attain closure to his death.we have an idea that may be sound crazy, but we would like to travel to the ice, to travel in his footsteps and visit the places and facilities he was responsible for while in antarctica. i believe there is even a place on the ice named after himǃiʹve travelled the globe so the long trip would not be a problem for me. this is a life long dream for my daughter, and iʹd like to go with her to be a part of this healing experience. can anyone help with the logistics of this type of tripʔ i would appreciate any help or ideas you can offer.thanks,r.l.jr.June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9512
hello rl jr,there is indeed a geographical feature named after your father, church ridge in victoria land.ref: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnisarchive/antdetailʔseq=2793&dohead=yi donʹt have details about where he was while he was on the ice. if i had to guess, iʹd say he was probably stationed either on a ship visiting mcmurdo or, more likely, as part of the crew at mcmurdo station. to see what was going on around the time he was there, you might want to read through the southpolestation.com web site. try:http://www.southpolestation.com/trivia/igy2/igy2.htmlas far as travelling in his footsteps, the simplest way would be to get on a cruise ship that is headed to mcmurdo and the ross sea. thereʹs a couple of these trips every year and any good travel agent should be able to help you book it. chances are your father deployed to antarctica on a ship himself, so that would give you a good idea of the conditions he experienced at sea too. these kind of cruises are expensive but theyʹre also highly recommended as youʹll see some really incredible things.if you find out more details about where he was (perhaps look through his photos or scrapbooksʔ) we could suggest some more-specific travel ideas.good luckǃglennJune 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9513
hi rl,iʹm the guy who runs southpolestation.com. in the past iʹve been in touch with your fatherʹs predecessor steve kauffman, and all i can say is that your father probably traveled all over the continent to places that donʹt exist today or are rather inaccessible to tourists.glennʹs advice about visiting mcmurdo is probably the best. if i can be of further help, ask away on here or send me a private message.June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9514
there are some oaeʹs that read this from time to time. my guess is that there is someone who remembers your father and can give info on where he was. mike
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