He became a member of Federal Lodge No. 1, Washington, D.C. on March 19, 1921 and affiliated with Kane Lodge No. 454, New York City, September 18, 1928. He was a member of National Sojourner Chapter No. 3 at Washington. He and his pilot, Bernt Balchen dropped Masonic flags on the two poles--Balchen also added his Shrine fez. In the Antarctic expedition of 1933-35, 60 of the 82 members were Freemasons and on February 5, 1935 established First Antarctic Lodge No. 777 of New Zealand constitution. He died March 11, 1957.
(note: there's also a Lodge 777 in ohio)