Finn Ronne

Finn Ronne

Horten, Horten kommune, Vestfold fylke, Norway
Death 12 Jan 1980 (aged 80)
Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 2, lot 4957-RH, map grid V 32.5
Memorial ID 6615 · View Source
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Explorer. Born in Horten, Norway, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1923 and gained citizenship in 1929. In the 1930s, he took part in Richard E. Byrd's expeditions to the South Pole and in 1939, he served as Byrd's executive officer helping discover one thousand miles of new coastline. After serving several years in the US Navy Reserves, gaining the rank of Captain, he returned to Antarctica with support of the American Geographical Society. The Ronne Antarctica Expedition 1946 to 1948, covered 3,600 miles by ski and dog sled, mapped the Weddell Sea coastline setting a number of polar records more than any other explorer in history. In the 1950s, Ronne became the scientific and military leader for a U.S. Weddell Sea base. The Ronne ice shelf of Antarctica was named after him.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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U.S. Naval Reserve
Polar Explorer

Byrd Artarctic Expedition II 33 - 35
U.S. Antarctic Service Expedition 39 - 41
I.G.Y. Antarctic Expedition 56 - 58
Legion of Merit Medal
Elisha Kent Kane Medal
Explorers Club Medal
Royal Order Of St. Olav Medal
Ronne Ice Shelf Antarctica


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