Richard E. Byrd 1888-1957
Byrd, a Naval Academy graduate, pioneered early technology that became the foundation for modern polar exploration and investigation. He also pioneered the technique of nighttime landings of seaplanes on the ocean. On May 9th, 1926 Byrd reached the North Pole, feat that earned him the Medal of Honor. He then flew over the South Pole in November 1929. During World War II, Admiral Bryd was Chief of Naval Operations.