Richard E. Byrd

American naval officer, explorer (1888–1957) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr. (October 25, 1888 – March 11, 1957) was an American naval officer and explorer.[1] He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor given by the United States, and was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. Aircraft flights in which he served as a navigator and expedition leader crossed the Atlantic Ocean, a segment of the Arctic Ocean, and a segment of the Antarctic Plateau. Byrd said that his expeditions had been the first to reach both the North Pole and the South Pole by air. His belief that he reached the North Pole is disputed.[2]

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Richard E. Byrd
Byrd in 1928
Birth nameRichard Evelyn Byrd Jr.
Born(1888-10-25)October 25, 1888
Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
DiedMarch 11, 1957(1957-03-11) (aged 68)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Place of burial
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1912–1927
RankRear Admiral
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
Marie Donaldson Ames
(m. 1915)

He is also known for discovering Mount Sidley, the largest dormant volcano in Antarctica.