Byrd, Richard E.

Byrd thanks Boy Scouts Chief Executive for expression of confidence 2 weeks before start of 1st Antarctic Expedition

Price: $250.00

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(1888-1957) Aviator, explorer, 1st to fly over North Pole 1926 (received Medal of Honor with pilot Floyd Bennett), 1st to fly over South Pole 1929. Established Little America base in Antarctica 1928-30. Undertook expeditions to Antarctica 1933-35, 1939-40, and Operations High Jump 1946-47 & Deep Freeze 1955-56. TLS “R. E. Byrd” on 11 x 8 ˝ "Byrd Antarctic Expedition" Boston letterhead, Bzayside, Long Island, NY, August 12 1928, to James E. West, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America. Byrd expresses his sincere appreciaiton for his telegram sent on the occasion of a Byrd radio talk: “The confidence you expressed there was a real help in getting the backing of the country, as the radio talk went to about ten millions of people.” Byrd’s expedition vessel City of New York was the first to depart for the Antarctic. She put out from Hoboken Aug. 25, 1928 with 200 tons of material and 33 people aboard. The aircraft, aviation personnel, gasoline, oil and 100 tons of supplies shipped out of Norfolk on the C.A. Larsen which Commander Byrd boarded at San Pedro, California, and from where she departed Oct. 10, 1928. Dr. James E. West (1876-1948) lawyer and advocate of children's rights, first professional Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America 1911–1943. Upon his retirement from the BSA, he was given title of Chief Scout.

Condition: Very good, blue & red ink stamped dockets, blue pencil notation top left
Type:Letter






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