Clarence Rhode

  • After World War II, Clarence Rhode returned from the Army to become the supervisor of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Aircraft Division in Alaska. He was able to acquire a fleet of surplus military aircraft for use by the Service, saying ‘the airplane is to our people what the horse is to the cowboy.’ In 1948, he became the Regional Director for the Service in Alaska, although the responsibilities of the job did not preclude him from flying guests around the state in his Grumman Goose. On these trips his enthusiasm about Alaskan resources was unmatched, and he was an eloquent spokesman for Alaskan lands and wildlife. In 1958, Rhode, his son, and an Alaska Game Warden vanished while flying through Brooks Range. The wreckage was not found until backpackers discovered it twenty one years later.