Expeditionary Artifacts in the Richard E. Byrd Papers: Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal
Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal
Location of original media:
141-210-6; Polar Accession 19881 Folder 8
Silver medal awarded to members of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition. This medal was not given to every member, it was awarded "to the deserving personnel of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition that spent the winter night at Little America or who commanded either one of the expedition ships throughout the expedition". In all, 50 members received this medal. Inscribed on the back is "Presented to the officers and men of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition to express the very high admiration which the Congress and the American People hold their heroic and undaunted accomplishments for science unequalled in the history of polar exploration." Along the edge of the medal is imprinted the recipient's name. This one belonged to Erwin Bramhall.