Staff Sgt. George Girtler IV died of natural causes on Jan. 11 at McMurdo Station, the Air Force said in a statement.
Gen. Charles Q. Brown said he'd like to see a boost in "some of the capability we have, but don't have a lot of."
The Arctic convoys would play an important role, especially in the critical months between July and December 1941.
In freezing conditions on the southernmost continent, four airmen had one mission: Create an expanded communications network.
Some 500 airmen of the 109th Airlift Wing will take part in Operation Deep Freeze.
The Polar Star departed last week from Pearl Harbor for Antarctica to resupply scientists stationed there.
The weather conditions are treacherous. But that's to be expected for the Operation Deep Freeze mission in Antarctica.