National Geographic : 1957 Jul
To the Men at South Pole Station weather and clothing research for the Army, Dr. Siple has been a military geographer with the Army, for his special knowledge of en vironmental problems, particularly of Ant arctica, is an invaluable asset. In 1955-56 Siple went once again with me to Antarctica, this time as my deputy and also as Director of Scientific Projects for Navy Operation Deep Freeze I.* A few months later it came time to pick a scientific leader for the scheduled South Pole Station. In my view there could be only one choice-Paul Siple. Such an important decision, however, had to be entirely his. Dr. Siple's acceptance ensured strong and capable leadership for the first team of sci entists to live at the South Pole. We have named the new base the Amund sen-Scott IGY South Pole Station, commem- orating Captain Roald Amundsen and Captain Robert Falcon Scott, the two immortal ex plorers who raced to the Pole, Amundsen reaching it first on December 14, 1911, Scott on January 18, 1912. When the South Pole Station was inaugu rated in January, 1957, I was honored to receive messages applauding the success of our efforts from President Eisenhower, King Haakon VII of Norway, Prime Minister S. G. Holland of New Zealand, and Mr. Selwyn Lloyd, United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. A base of importance so obvious that men like these took special note of its establishment naturally demanded out standing leadership. And this, I am confi * See "All-out Assault on Antarctica," by Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGA ZINE, August, 1956. 1947: Two Veterans and a Newcomer Pay a Call on Little America II Returning on Operation Highjump, Admiral Byrd dug down 15 feet in the snow to uncover his second antarctic quarters. There he found a corncob pipe left behind in 1935, a cache of butter, meat, crackers, pineapple, and chocolate, and a 13-year-old copy of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE. Paul Siple opens a box of sugar, unchanged after more than a decade. Lt. Richard E. Byrd, Jr., making his first trip to the Antarctic, holds a book from the Admiral's long-forgotten polar library.