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Richard E. Byrd was born in Winchester, Virginia October 25, 1888
He was in the U.S naval academy from 1908 to 1912, and he fought in WWI until he had to retire because of a foot injury
May 9, 1926, flew from Spitzbergen, Norway, to the North Pole and back with Floyd Bennett
From 1928 to 1930 Byrd went on an expedition to Antarctica
On November 29, 1929, Byrd and Bert Balchen are the first people to fly over the South Pole
Also from 1933 to 1935 he went on a second expedition to Antarctica
In WWII he served as naval chief of operations
He was in charge of operations Deep Freeze and High Jump, they were expeditions to explore and claim land in antarctica
In 1955 he was made officer in charge of the U.S's Antarctic Programs
He died on March 11, 1957, in Boston, Massachusetts.
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