|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1927|
|Death: ||Sep. 8, 2008|
Explorer. An insurance salesman turned Arctic explorer, he is credited as the first to indisputably reach the North Pole over the ice. Leading a crew on a 825-mile trip, starting at Ward Hunt Island, Canada, on four 16-horsepower Ski-Doo snowmobiles, they reached the pole April 19, 1968. A US Air Force weather plane verified their exact North Pole position a day later and gave them a lift back. Although a 1909, attempt to reach the North Pole by Commodore Robert Peary was noted as a possible first, it was never validated since there was no survivors in Peary's party. The Guinness Book of World Records notes the doubts about Peary's expedition and credits Plaisted with the earliest successful indisputable attainment of the North Pole over the sea of ice. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes spread across lakes in Saskatchewan, Canada and Ely, Minnesota.
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Sep 10, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29716107
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