REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/13/1931 - HFSID 47230
Sale Price $337.50
After receiving a request to become head of a boys' aviation organization, he writes back saying that as long as there is no active part, he will gladly accept
Typed letter signed: "R E Byrd", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x11. April 13, 1931. New York City, New York. In part: "It is a pleasure to have you ask me to serve as head of this new organization. I deeply appreciate any opportunity to interest myself in boys' work, particularly if it has to do with aviation. My time so pressing that I am afraid I cannot devote much time and personal attention to such a responsibility. If it calls for no active part, I accept with pleasure". 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. Normal mailing folds. Faint stains. Lightly toned. Paper clip crease on top left corner. Light surface creases. Pencil note (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.
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