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Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Richard Evelyn Byrd

 
 
Richard Evelyn Byrd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 19, 2008
1. Richard Evelyn Byrd Marker
Please note the photographic pun. There is a bird perched on the head of Admiral Byrd.
Inscription.
Rear Admiral United States Navy
October 25, 1888 - March 11, 1957
Upon the bright globe he carved
his signature of courage

 
Erected by The National Geographic Society.
 
Location. 38° 53.015′ N, 77° 3.947′ W. Marker is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on Memorial Drive near Jefferson Davis Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 101st Airborne Division (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seabees ~ Can Do (about 400 feet away); Armored Forces (about 500 feet away); The Hiker (about 600 feet away); The Embassy Bombings (about 700 feet away); The 23rd Regimental Combat Team in Korea (approx. 0.2 miles away); Naval Combat Demolition Units (approx. 0.2 miles away); 199th Light Infantry Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Categories. ExplorationNotable Persons
 
Panel on Left Side of Statue image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 19, 2008
2. Panel on Left Side of Statue
First to fly over the North Pole 1926
And the South Pole 1929
A Pioneer Conqueror of the Atlantic by Air 1927
Panel on Right Side of Statue image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 19, 2008
3. Panel on Right Side of Statue
Valiant leader of
five Antarctic expeditions 1928 - 1957
which revealed the secrets of
half the great white continent
Richard Evelyn Byrd Marker, reverse side image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 2, 2015
4. Richard Evelyn Byrd Marker, reverse side
Richard Evelyn Byrd
Awarded
Congressional Medal of Honor 1927
Navy Cross 1930
Distinguished Service Medal 1926, 1940
Legion of Merit 1944, 1945
Distinguished Flying Cross 1927
Commendation Medal 1944
Silver Life-Saving Medal 1922
Medal of Freedom 1957
1928-1930 Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal 1930
Second (1933-1935) Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal 1936
1939-1941 United States Antarctic Expedition Medal 1945
Antarctic Service Medal 1946-1947, 19555-1957 1960
National Geographic Society Hubbard Medal 1926
Geographic Society of Chicago Helen Culver Gold Medal 1926
Geographical Society of Philadelphia Elisha Kent Kane Medal 1926
Smithsonian Institution Langley Gold Medal for Aerodromics 1929
American Geographical Society David Livingstone Centenary Medal 1929
Geographic Society of Chicago Gold Medal 1930
National Geographical Society Special Medal of Honor 1930
Honored by many countries for his explorations and heroism
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 894 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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