Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal, 1928-1930

The first Byrd Antarctic Expedition medal was established by congress on May 1930 for the successfully reaching the South Pole. A base was established and named “Little America”, still used today. Medal was issued in three degrees: gold, silver, and bronze totaling eighty-six medals awarded.

RADM Richard Byrd, USN

Presented to the officers and men of the Byrd Antarctic expedition to express the high admiration in which the Congress and the American people hold their heroic and undaunted service in connection with the scientific investigations and extraordinary aerial exploration of the Antarctic continent.