• Pioneering American Aviator Richard Byrd -- Signed Check

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    Rear Admiral RICHARD EVELYN BYRD, JR. (October 25, 1888-March 11, 1957) was an American naval officer and explorer.  He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor in the United States, and was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer and organizer of polar logistics.


    Offering his check, signed, Dec. 29, 1927, for four hundred dollars.


    Byrd graduated from the Naval Academy on June 8, 1912 and was commissioned an ensign in the Navy. He was assigned to the battleship USS Wyoming on July 14. He received his first letter of commendation and later a Silver Life Saving Medal for twice plunging fully clothed to rescue a sailor who had fallen overboard. Byrd was promoted to lieutenant and assigned as inspector and instructor for the Rhode Island Militia.  He was later commissioned as the commander in the Rhode Island Naval Militia and on April 25, 1928, he was promoted to captain in the Rhode Island Naval Militia in recognition of his flight to the North Pole. He attempted that flight on May 9, 1926 with Navy Chief Aviation Pilot Floyd Bennett.  The flight lasted nearly 16 hours.  Byrd and Bennett claimed to have reached the pole.  When he returned to the U.S., he became a national hero. Byrd and Bennett were presented with Tiffany Cross versions of the Medal of Honor on March 5, 1927 by President Calvin Coolidge.


    Cancellation marks through the center of the check, away from the signature.


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