Old News: Drexel Hill man on vessel trapped in Antarctic

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50 Years Ago, 1957

Drexel Hill man on vessel trapped in Antarctic

A Drexel Hill seaman was in the crew of an Operation Deep Freeze supply ship that brushed icy fingers with death last week after fighting its 7400 tons free from the grip of a crushing ice pack.

Radio man 3C Joseph S. Roman, 30, of Drexel Hill, is on the Navy freighter U.S.S. Arneb that reached the safety of Cape Hailett, Antarctica, with both sides of its hull and a propeller damaged by blows from monster wind-driven ice floes, but with no injuries to its crew of 200.

The Arneb, an attack cargo vessel fitted for Antarctic duty, was pinned against the coast of Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf, a frozen mass more than 1,000 feet thick, with each of its three sides 500 miles long, on New Years Day.

Trapped there, the ship was confronted with a huge ice jam formed by sudden wind of near hurricane force into a grinding mass of destruction.

Rushing to the aid of the stricken freighter, the North Wind, one of the Coast Guard’s most powerful ice breakers, smashed through the heavy ice while crewman shifted cargo and shored up the damaged sides of the hull with timbers. If satisfactory repairs can be made, the Arneb will try to establish another American base at Wilkes Lane, about 1,000 miles to the west, on the Indian Ocean coast of the frozen continent.

Roman enlisted in the Navy 12 years ago, and served on the U.S.S. Atlas during World War II.
After the war, he graduated from Temple University and was employed by Piasecki Helicopter Corporation before re-enlisting two years ago.

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