25 October 1888 - 11 March 1957Here was born and reared Richard Evelyn Byrd, aviator and polar explorer. A 1912 U.S. Navy Academy graduate, he received the Medal of Honor for the first flight over the North Pole in 1926, and made the first commercial nonstop transatlantic flight in 1927. In 1928 he organized and led the first of five Antarctic expeditions, and flew over the South Pole in 1929. Byrd spent the winter of 1934 along a hundred miles from his base at Little America, conducting scientific experiments. Of his several books, the best known is Alone. Byrd is regarded as the father of the Antarctic Peace Treaty, which bans the military use of Antarctica. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series|
|Marker Number||Q 4-g|
|Placed By||Department of Historic Resources|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 2:03am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 744259 N 4341307|
|Decimal Degrees||39.18671667, -78.17196667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 11.203', W 78° 10.318'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 11' 12.18" N, 78° 10' 19.08" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 342-398 Amherst St, Winchester VA 22601, US|
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