Temperatures were often 30 or 40 degrees  below freezing. A record -79 was set this year.
"We wore three pairs of socks at times, with rubber galoshes instead of shoes, because the leather would freeze. We had adequate clothing-- lined parkas, pants, mittens and heavy underwear, but it was still might cold. But I was a young man who felt he had a job to do, and I did it."
-Alexander Powel, Crane Operator, 97th Engineers
(We Alaskans Aug 9, '92 pg. D-5)

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