Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd
25 October 1888-11 March 1957

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City of Winchester

Known primarily for his contributions to science and discovery, Richard E. Byrd also documented his adventure, most notably in his book Alone, which detailed his solo stay in the Antarctic cold in the winter of 1934. The account was published in 1938. He was born and raised in Winchester.

"Here was born and reared Richard Evelyn Byrd, aviator and polar explorer. A 1912 U.S. Naval 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 alone 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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