American naval officer who specialized in feats of exploration. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor given by the United States, and was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. Aircraft flights in which he served as a navigator and expedition leader crossed the Atlantic Ocean, a segment of the Arctic Ocean, and a segment of the Antarctic Plateau. Byrd claimed that his expeditions had been the first to reach both the North Pole and the South Pole by air. However, his claim to have reached the North Pole is disputed.
Typed letter signed (TLS) “RE Byrd”, January 5, 1933, sent from Boston, Massachusetts, to John Hays Hammond, in full:
It was splendid of you to wire Mrs. Byrd and me. I note that you are in Coronado.
Every time I think of you, which is not seldom, I think of the great kindness you showed to Mrs. Byrd while I was away. You may be sure I can never forget.
With warmest regards and highest admiration
In good condition, wrinkles and wear, reinforced fold.