U.S. Naval Academy, 1951
South Pole, 1970
William LeRoy Frost, (Jack) was born in Stoneham, MA, the son of CHRELEC William Henry Frost, USN.
He received a Presidential appointment to the Naval Academy in 1947. Upon graduation he served on
USS Bataan, (CVL 29) then received Flight Training in Pensacola, FL and Advanced Flight Training in
Corpus Christi, TX. Designated Naval Aviator he received his wings in March 1953.
Subsequent assignments included tours with VP-23 in Brunswick, ME, flying P2V-5 aircraft, first as Second Pilot,
later as Patrol Plane Commander with primary mission of ASW. Tour included naval exercises in Italy
and French Morocco and deployment to Argentia NF After completion of a post graduate course in
Aeronautical Engineering at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Jack became Engineering Division
Director at the Bureau of Aeronautics General Representative, Eastern District, (BAGR-ED) in New York City, with proficiency
flights out of Floyd Bennett Airfield.
He returned to Brunswick, ME for ASW duty with VP-21 as Planning Officer and with collateral duties as Cold Weather
Officer. During this tour he shared Winter Survival Training in the Maine woods (Rangely) with VP-21 Veterans
Association Webmaster, Frank Balogh Jr.. The squadron also deployed to Keflavik, Iceland, and Thule,
Greenland, with TAD's to Labrador, Norway and Scotland, among others. Back at NAS Brunswick, ME
with Fleet Air Wing Three. Jack was Training Officer and member of Aviators Evaluation,
Standardization, Instrument Flight Check and Improvement Boards.
This was followed by duty with Air Development Squadron One (VX-1) squadron in Key West, FL, and attendance for a course of
instruction at the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA. He then served as Anti - Submarine Warfare
Officer with the Assistant Commander for Research and Technology, Naval Air Systems Command, in
Arlington, VA, was assigned to Major Fleet Escort Study, ASW Assistant t to Warfare Branch Head,
Advanced Systems Concept Division, Research and Technology. At the Center for Naval Analysis Ocean
Surveillance Study, (letter of Appreciation from CNO.)
Jack was then assigned Commanding Officer, Antarctic Support Activities DETALPHA, McMurdo Station Winter-Over 1970,
and later awarded the Antarctic Service Medal with Wintering Over clasp and disk. For his contribution to the U.S. scientific
research as officer-in-charge and commander of Operation Deep Freeze, a cliff was named for him in
Mary Byrd Land at the South Pole. Jack's last tour of duty was at the Center for Naval Analysis,
Arlington, VA, as Operations/ Systems Analyst, Systems Evaluation Group, Study Director, ASW Sensors
Study, Assistant Study Director, Future Submarine Forces Study, Study Director, Naval Air Technology
During his career, Jack was qualified to fly SNJ, SNB-JRE, PBM-5, P4Y-2 aircraft and was Patrol Plane
Commander of P2V5, P2V7, SP2H and P3A aircraft. He was one of the few pilots (at the time) to have
flown over both North and South Poles.
After retirement from active duty in the Navy on 31 July 1973 Jack became a Program Director, with
Operations Research Inc, a Consulting Company in Silver Spring, MD. He also did graduate work
toward a Master of Engineering Information degree, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Jack married Yolande Paquin in Montreal, PQ, Canada, upon graduation from the Naval Academy in
1951. They had nine children. There are now 23 grandchildren and 3 great-grands. Jack died in
December 1981 following surgery for mitral valve replacement. He was buried with full military honors
in Arlington National Cemetery.