Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd
1888 - 1957
The Winchester native attended the Virginia Military Institute, The University of Virginia, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, 1912.
He was a pioneer aviator and Polar explorer. In 1926, he was the first to fly over the North Pole for which he was awarded the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor. In 1927, with three companions, he flew the Atlantic, flight time 42 hours.
Admiral Byrd commanded five expeditions to the Antarctic to explore the unknown regions from the air. In 1929, Byrd, as navigator, with three companions, became the first to fly to the South Pole returning to his base Little America located on the face of the Ross Ice Shelf, a 19 hour flight.
In 1933, a second Byrd expedition extended the exploration of Antarctica and continued scientific observations. During the Antarctic winter of 1934, Byrd spent five months alone in a hut at a weather station named Bolling Advance Base. The base was named for his mother who lived at 326 Amherst Street, Winchester, where the Admiral was born.
Admiral Byrd commanded three subsequent expeditions and discovered and mapped 537,000 miles of Antarctic territory. He was officially cited 22 times for bravery or conspicuous conduct.
Admiral Byrd is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Dr. Jay Morton, Sculptor Commemorated July 14, 1997
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 39° 11.031′ N, 78° 9.801′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Cameron Street (Business U.S. 11) and East Boscawan Street, on the right when traveling north on North Cameron Street. Touch for map. Located in front of the Winchester-Frederick County Judicial Center. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Winchester (within shouting distance of this marker); Rouss City Hall Historical Tour (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Battle of Winchester (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jacob H. Yost Building (about 400 feet away); George Washington's Political Career Began on this Site (about 500 feet away); Colonel James Wood (about 500 feet away); Lord Fairfax (about 500 feet away); Taylor Hotel (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
Also see . . .
1. Richard Evelyn Byrd. A short biographical sketch from PBS's The American Experience. (Submitted on January 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd. Navy (Submitted on January 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Admiral Byrd's Gravesite at Arlington. (Submitted on January 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Exploration • Notable Persons •
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