REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 159621
Sale Price $162.00
RICHARD E. BYRD
Signature of the famed Arctic and Antarctic explorer
Signature: "R E Byrd", 3x1½ card. On May 9, 1926, Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) and Floyd Bennett became the first to fly over the North Pole. Both were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Scholars have raised questions about whether or not Byrd actually reached the North Pole but all have agreed Byrd thought he had reached the North Pole. In 1929,Byrd established the "Little America" Antarctica base and flew (indisputably) over the South Pole. He was promoted to Rear Admiral upon his return in 1930. On his Antarctic expeditions in the 1930s, Byrd discovered Marie Byrd Land and the Edsel Ford Mountains. Still exploring in his late 60s, he commanded the Operation High Jump (1946-1947) and Operation Deep Freeze (1955-1956) operations. He was the brother of Harry Byrd, powerful Democratic Senator from Virginia. Fine condition.
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