21-24 JUNE 2011

Dear Shipmates and Friends:

      This year we celebrate our reunion in the historical town of Gettysburg, Pa. This most famous and most important Civil War Battle occurred over three hot summer days, July 1 to July 3, 1863, around this small market town. It began as a skirmish but by its end involved 160,000 Americans. Confederate causality, dead, wounded and missing were, 28,000 out of 75,000. Union casualties were 23,000 out of 88,000.

      Gettysburg is filled with antique shops, museums, tours of the battle field and nightly ghost tours for those so inclined. We invite you to come to Gettysburg to participate in and enjoy this time of fellowship with your fellow shipmates, friends and family.


      Arrival on or before Tuesday, June 21, 2011
      Departure on or after Friday, June 24, 2011

      Wyndham Gettysburg
      95 Presidential Circle
      Gettysburg, PA

Guest Accomodations:
      40 rooms set aside for ADFA reunion. Twin or king beds, double occupancy. Special rate $119.00
      plus 9% occupancy tax, per room per night. These rates will be honored two days before and two days after event dates. Small pets, 50 lbs or less, are welcome. There is a $20 fee per night for pets.

      Members must make their own reservations with cut-off date May 23, 2011. Cancellations may be made 24 hours prior to the date of arrival. Late reservations accepted on a space or rate available basis.
      Call 1-866-845-8885, request rate for ADFA reunion.
      Check-in time 3:00 PM; check-out 12:00 noon

Additional accomodations:
      Registered guests may park RVs on the premises.

Thursday Dinner:
      The dinner will consist of a buffet with two entrees, assorted side dishes, coffee, tea, and desert.
            Cost $46.00 per attendee

Dinner reservations:
      Make your Dinner Reservation check payable to and send to:
            Gerald E. McKee
            331 Gum Tree Road.
            Coatesville, PA 19320
            Deadline for dinner reservations June 1, 2011.

Notes of Interest:
• The location of the ADFA Registration Desk and Hospitality Room will be available on your arrival.
• For the hearty souls a ghost walk tour is planed for Tuesday evening. Bring your walking shoes.
• The reunionís opening ceremony will commence at 9:00 AM on Wed. Because of the historical significance of this years venue, a presentation relating to the Gettysburg area followed by a bus tour of the battle ground will follow the ceremony.
• All tours will be by reservation and the fee per tour will be made at the time of reunion registration.
• Information on other areas of interest will be available for those who do not wish to take a scheduled tour.
• As in the past, the auction will commence when you are enjoying an after dinner beverage of choice.
• Contributions, of Items of interest, are always welcome.
• An attachment lists numerous items that have been assembled for both the silent and live auction.
• Program / Activities, in detail, will be provided at the time of registration.

Looking Forward to seeing you at Gettysburg.

Best Regards, Reunion Committee

Dian Belanger

Deep Freeze The United States, the International Geophysical Year, and the Origins of Antarctica's Age of Science
by Dian Olson Belanger $19.77 hardcover, trade discount
508 pages, 34 b/w photographs, 9 maps, 3 illus. Pub date October 30, 2006
Available at Click Here


Replicas of the plaque, as displayed, can be ordered from the USNM. They are mounted on a hardwood base suitable for hanging or exhibiting on a desk or table. Present cost, postage paid, is $125.00. After 1 Oct. 2007 the price will be $150.00. If interested contact Bill Stroup at: westroup@ and he will send you an order form.


The Antarctic Deep Freeze Association was formed for the benevolence, education, recreation and general welfare of the military and civilian personnel, their families and friends, who participated with the U.S. Navy's Operation Deep Freeze on the Antarctic Continent commencing in 1955 and extending through its entirity.

Jerry McKee
Vice Chairman
Billy-Ace Baker
Dick Bowers
Vice Historian
Ken Waldron
Financial Officer
Bill Stroup
BOD Members
Jim Bergstrom
Cliff Dickey
George Ramsden
Oral History Project
Jim Bergstrom
Dick Bowers
Bill Stroup
  • Any eligible person may apply to join the ADFA.
  • Requests to join the ADFA, or for more information
    should be sent to Dick Bowers at:
  • There are no entry fees or annual membership dues.
  • Donations of any amount are always welcome.
  • Benefits:
    • Reunions
    • Meet new people and renew old acquaintances
    • Camaraderie
    • Purchase Association Merchandise
  • Available Merchandise:
    • T-Shirts
    • Coffee Mugs
    • Ball caps
  • Contact for Merchandise:
    W. E. Stroup
    311 West New Road
    Linden, PA 17744

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