Gerald Ketchum

Gerald Ketchum

Commander Gerald L. Ketchum (5 December 1908 – 22 August 1992)[1] of the United States Navy commanded the icebreaker USS Burton Island (AG-88) in Task Group 68.2 during Operation Highjump, The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program 1946–1947; also known as the Fourth Byrd Anatarctic Expedition.

He was also Commander of "Task Force 39" consisting of 500 men for Operation Windmill, an Antarctic expedition in 1947–1948.

He was born in Bellingham, Washington and died in Plano, Texas.

Ketchum Ridge in Antarctica is named after him.[2]


  1. ^ Social Security Death Index
  2. ^ Australian Antarctic Data Centre