Lawrence DeWolfe Kelsey, Jr. joined the U.S. Merchant Marine as a radio officer at sixteen. WWII led him to Australia, India and ultimately to Okinawa, while atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Before the war ended, he found himself in Bari, Italy, with his ship’s cargo holds ablaze. By twenty, he was the radio operator on the Finn Ronne Antarctic Expedition. By twenty-five, he was in Afghanistan, first with the Morrison-Knudsen Co. and then with the Fairservis Archaeological Expedition. Continuing adventures took him to Arctic Canada and then to England for extended periods. Then, life became a bit more complicated. His explorations, adventures and humanitarian work lasted through an entire lifetime. These are the true stories of the man, his life and times, his friends, his sorrows, his losses and his triumphs, throughout a very full life.
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