It was getting cold in Little America. Thirty-three members of the Byrd Expedition, 15 months away from home, piled aboard the supply ships Bear and North Star and sailed toward East Base on Marguerite Bay to pick up the 26 men there.

Ice was filling Marguerite Bay. The ships put into Melchior Harbor, 200 miles away, waited a month. Supplies dwindled. The 26 at East Base radioed that their meat was gone, they were eating penguin eggs. The Bear slogged through the ice to a point 112 miles from the base. The weather grew worse; the men had to be...

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