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Marine Navigator Gets a Mountain Named After Him

Posted by Alan Stinar on November 22, 2015 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

You never know what you'll find digging through history.

Recently I found out something interesting about a place that only a fraction of the human race has ever been to. Antarctica. Search for "Mt. Strybring" or find it in Google Earth. What's interesting about this mountain is that it's named after a Marine Corps Navigator.

Master Sergeant Henry Strybring (retired), was a Marine Corps Navigator who served from 1941 to 1961 and once served with VMR-352 at MCAS Ewa, HI, and VMR-152 at MCAS El Toro. After serving as an instructor at the Navigation School at Cherry Point from 1953 to 1955, he was assigned to Naval Squadron VX-6 at Quonset Point for duties as a lead Navigator for Operations Deep Freeze I, II, III and survived an emergency crash landing in Antarctica on January 21st 1958 where he and his team built igloos and a cook shack from ice blocks until they were rescued.

During one of his exploratory flights, a new mountain range was discovered and each crew member had a mountain named after him. Mt. Strybring is 10,500 feet tall about 3 miles Southeast of Mt. Craddock on the Southern part of the Ellsworth Central Range.He eventually returned in October 1958 to what would be his last Marine Corps transport squadron, VMR-352, and retired on February 28th, 1961.

Determination and Perseverance

Posted by Alan Stinar on November 12, 2015 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Late last night I received a message that reminds me to never give up on my historical research. The decedent of one of our fallen Marines thanked me for keeping his grandfather's memory alive.

His grandfather, Master Sergeant Robert Lewis Jonasson, from VMR-252, died in an R4Q crash on February 7th, 1951, near Eastville, VA. The cause was due to severe weather and high winds.

The gratitude he shared with me belongs to all of you who have followed this page and my research. Because of your moral support and profits from the Marine Battleherk store, I have had access to major resources like Fold3, Ancestry, Newspapers, and paid for historical documents and media. Because of these resources, I discovered the names and surrounding events of that crash as well as others.

Today, after 6 years, that information has come full circle because another person has found information on their family member. It was a very good Veterans Day to say the least.

Looking deeper into MSgt. Jonasson's past, I found he was in our community as early as 1938 with VMJ-1, which later was re-designated as VMJ-152 and deactivated in the 1950s.

If you've taken the time to read this entire post, thank you for your time and support. It makes a difference in people's lives, and drives me to continue what I do.