ARMY & NAVY: Big Icebox


After five weeks of exploring the wastes of Antarctica,* Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd was back in Washington. Though most Americans were surprised to see him home so soon, a small crowd of crew relatives, reporters and top Navy brass stood in a drizzle to watch the intrepid Admiral debark from the polar flagship, U.S.S. Mount Olympus.

To reporters, Admiral Byrd denied that he had asked the U.S. to stake claims in Antarctica, and refused to say whether he would do so now. He politely pooh-poohed its strategic value, either for military operations or for the minerals it contained,...

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