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    [Richard E. Byrd]. Three Medals Relating to the 1926 North Pole Flight including: Round Bronze Table Medal, 4" diameter, the front reads: "Commemorating the First North Pole Flight by Lt. Comm. Richard E. Byrd May 9, 1926/Wright Aeronautical Corporation." On the verso is a engraving of Byrd's Fokker F-VII Tri-motor, the Josephine Ford, flying over the North Pole and a dog sled team. [and:] Sterling Medal, measuring 2.75" x 1.5"overall, attached to a red, white, and blue ribbon. The front reads: "Centenary Celebration, 1823-1626, 300 Years of New York City, A. T. Stewart John Wanamaker." On the verso: "Reception Byrd Arctic Expedition, July Ninth, 1926." [and:] Gilt Medal, measuring 1.5" x 3.25", attached to a blue, white, and orange ribbon. Front reads: "Official Reception to Leut. Commander Richard E. Byrd and Staff, 1926" and features the Seal of New York City and laurels. The verso reads: "Hon. James Walker Mayor of the City of New York June 23rd." From the Richard Blythe Aviation Collection.

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    Richard Byrd was born into a prominent Virginia family (his brother was legendary Virginia Senator Harry Byrd), and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He took an immediate interest in aviation, and World War I gave him the opportunity to develop a real expertise and some reputation in this still- emerging field. Byrd first rose to national prominence in 1926, when he claimed to have flown over the North Pole, the first man to do so, for which he received the Congressional Medal of Honor and broad acclaim.

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