BYRD, RICHARD EVELYN, JR.
Rank and organization: Commander, U.S. Navy. Born:
25 October 1888, Winchester, Va. Appointed from: Virginia. Other Navy awards:
Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with gold star, Distinguished
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.