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Robert Charles Haun (1903-1975)

 

Base Site
Robert Charles Haun #44
Watercolor & pencil, 3 January 1956
88-192-AR

 

The Base site looks toward the Ross Sea, ships and edge of shelf ice. A Snocat and a Weasel are poised to begin work.

 

Rear Admiral Byrd and Rear Admiral George Dufek
Robert Charles Haun #6
Oil on canvas, 1956
88-192-F

 

Formal commissioning ceremony for Little America V. Admirals Byrd and Dufek salute the flag before the men of the Mobile Construction Battalion's Honor Guard. Admiral Byrd is on the right.

 

Flag Raising Ceremonies 1000 4 Jan 1956
Robert Charles Haun #47
Watercolor on paper, 4 January 1956
88-192-AU

 

Study for 88-192-F (above).

 

Saluting the Flag
Robert Charles Haun #46
Pencil on paper, 4 January 1956
88-192-AT

 

Study for 88-192-F (above).

 

Laying Footing for First Building
Robert Charles Haun #45
Watercolor & pencil, 4 January 1956
88-192-AS

 

The commissioning ceremonies began at 1000 on 4 January 1956. By 2200 the same day, under midnight sun, the Seabees had begun plowing the first footings for their home for the upcoming winter of 1956. The red flags on split bamboo poles mark future building locations.

 

First Building Erected by Mobile Construction Battalion
Robert Charles Haun #14
Oil on canvas, 1956
88-192-N

 

In conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Navy's Construction Battallion--the Seabees--built the first planned and continually used building in Antarctica.

 

MCB Specials 24-Hour-Around-the-Clock Building Program
Robert Charles Haun #57
Watercolor & pencil on paper, 7 January 1956
88-192-BE

 

Study for 88-192-N (above). 166 Americans would comprise the "wintering over" party, many of them Seabees. The buildings needed to be completed before the Antarctic winter began. An ambitious building program like this had never before been attempted in such unique conditions. Much of the planning could not be done in advance; the men were winging it in many respects. As Deepfreeze vet Jim Bergstrom noted, "We were inexperienced; the password was improvise."

 

Laying Footing for New Housing
Robert Charles Haun #48
Watercolor & pencil on paper, 5 January 1956
88-192-AV

Artist inscribed on reverse: "Very cold ...the flags are frozen."

 

Online Exhibits that feature Robert Charles Haun's work

Operation Deepfreeze I: 1955-56:

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06 March 2003