Over 100 years ago Roald Amundsen on March 7, 1912 announced his success in reaching the Geographic South Pole to the world. This is the story about the construction of the South Pole Station in Antarctica in 1973-4 by Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB71), also known as the ICE Battalion, which the author was a member of. The difficulties encountered in the construction of the station were monumental; enduring temperatures reaching 45 degrees below zero with wind chill factors reaching 80 below. This station was comprised of a 52 foot high geodesic dome, weather balloon launch station and an observation tower for monitoring auroral phenomena. This Battalion was on the ICE for almost five months and worked around the clock to complete the project. This was an amazing fact when you consider that most of the construction was completed in freezing temperatures at a high altitude; for the South Pole is nearly two miles high by construction engineers less than 20 years old. The physical and mental stresses of working in this "frozen desert" took its tolls on these young men. This story chronicles the authors experience in this hostile environment, with bawdy engineers; humorous antics; hard drinking and temporary insanities and the authors faith journey amid the beautify and grandeur of the earth's last frontier: Antarctica. The title of the book is also the motto of the ICE Battalion—it refers to our mission and our R&R (rest and recreation) in Christchurch, New Zealand.
“THE ICE IS NICE AND CHEE-CHEE IS PEACHY”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Our Lord taught us to:
Be not Fearful but to have faith, BE NOT AFRAID and have courage.
Be not Prideful but be MEEK; not assuming and inherit the earth.
Be not Angry but be patient and be a PEACEMAKER.
Be not Greedy but be MERCIFUL and show generosity.
In this book there is one chapter for each month of the year. Each month will have a short monthly reflection and each day of the month will have a biblical quote on fear and a reflection. The goal of this book is to give you courage to go make a difference and live the beatitudes with boldness and faith.