Camp Century / Project Iceworm

I'm a researcher looking at Camp Century / Project Iceworm, a cold war project in the 1960s involving the construction of a subsurface military base underneath the Greenland ice sheet. Ultimately I'm hoping to speak to surviving veterans who built the base. Does anyone know how I could a) find out who worked on this project and b) locate and sensitively approach those who are still with us to hear their stories?

This was a large project with involvement from various military organisations at the time including: the U.S. Army Polar Research and Development Center (which no longer exists in the same form) and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Laboratory.

Thank you,
Dave Anderson


    Thank you for posting your request on History Hub.

    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) does not provide services to locate living individuals.  The records in the custody of NARA typically were transferred from other Federal agencies at least 30 years after they were created and used.  Therefore, NARA records are not usually helpful in providing current information about individuals.

    Some records in our custody may include names of individuals, but we do not have a consolidated list of those who constructed the facility or worked there.  Among the Amory Hooper (Bud) Waite, Jr. Papers in what formerly had been the National Archives Gift Collection (Record Group 200), we have two annual operations reports of the U.S. Army Polar Research and Development Center, covering 1962 and 1963.  They include lists of commanders and staff as well as agencies involved.  We also noticed a reference to the 864th Engineer Battalion arriving there in 1963; a unit roster of enlisted personnel potentially could be available at the National Personnel Records Center.  However, a consolidated list of all personnel is not available.

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  • My father, who is still living, was assigned to the U.S. Army Polar Research and Development Center in Greenland.

  • Hi Elaina, thank you for your reply. I'd love to hear more. If you have time for a quick chat, please contact me through my public website: and I will explain more about the work I do.

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