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Interim 1920 - 1940 - U.S. Navy

Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr.

  • Rank: Commander (Highest Rank: Rear Admiral)
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1920 - 1940
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 9, 1926
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Spitsbergen, Norway

For distinguishing himself conspicuously by courage and intrepidity at the risk of his life, in demonstrating that it is possible for aircraft to travel in continuous flight from a now inhabited portion of the earth over the North Pole and return.

Medal of Honor Recipient Richard E. Byrd Jr.
Medal of Honor Recipient Richard E. Byrd Jr.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Virginia
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 25, 1927

    The White House, presented by Pres. Calvin Coolidge

  • Born: October 25, 1888, Winchester, Frederick County, VA, United States
  • Died: March 11, 1957, Boston, MA, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (2-4969-1), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: Marshall Museum, Virginia Military Institute (star design), Lexington, VA

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