Commander Melville J. Walters was born in Washington D.C. and joined the Navy in 1943; between 1957 and 1958, during what was known as the International Geophysical Year, Walters was a supply officer at the McMurdo Naval Air Facility in the Antarctica. The McMurdo Sound Naval base, along with other stations like it, was used for Operation Deep Freeze III, a Navy supported research expedition undertaken to gather scientific data about the Antarctic. In his later years, Walters moved to the Tampa Bay Area, Florida; after his death, a group of items collected by Walters, both during his time spent at Operation Deep Freeze III, and some years after, ended up in the custody of Dr. Jose Torres, Marine Science professor at the University of South Florida.
Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. Special Collections and University Archives. and Jones, Marta L., "Cmdr. Melville J. Walters Jr. Operation Deep Freeze III Antarctic Research Collection" (2008). Special Collections and University Archives Finding Aids: All Items. 77.
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