Richard E. Byrd

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Birthday
25, 1888
Birthplace
Winchester, VA
Death Date
Mar 11, 1957 (68)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
25, 1888
Birthplace
Winchester, VA
Death Date
Mar 11, 1957 (68)

About

Polar explorer who took part in six of America's twelve expeditions to the Antarctic.

Before Fame

He learned to fly while serving in WWI, and became a skilled pilot.

Trivia

He was the first to a attempt a flyover of the South Pole, and claimed he carried it out, although later there were some doubts.

Family Life

A descendant of the American Founders, he could trace his ancestry back to John Rolfe and Pocahontas.

Associated With

He was a part of the first Americans expedition to reach the South Pole since Charles Wilkes, who landed a century earlier.