Geographic features named after the five men killed in P2V crash
Posted May 11, 2012
To honor the fallen crewmembers the P2V, each man had Antarctic features named after him.
The Thiel Mountains and the Thiel Trough honor Edward C. Thiel . He was the chief seismologist at Ellsworth Station from 1956 through 1958 during the IGY, and he was the leader of a traverse party that discovered a submarine trough in the Weddell Sea. Originally, the trough was named Crary Trough, but was later changed to Thiel Trough at the insistence of Albert Crary for whom the trough had originally been named.
LCDR William D. Counts , who was on the mission as a Russian translator, also has two features named in his honor. The first is Mount Counts; the second is the Counts Icefall. LTJG Romauld P. Compton has the ice-filled Compton Valley named in his honor. Chastain Peak was named for Petty Officer William W. Chastain . Petty Officer James L. Gray has a rocky spur — Gray Spur, which is next to Counts Icefall — named after him.
It is only fitting that all of the landmarks honoring the men killed in this crash are located together in the Thiel Mountains. They died together and they are immortalized together.
No feature has been named in honor of the four survivors.