Oak Bluffs High School - Beacon Yearbook (Oak Bluffs, MA)

 - Class of 1934

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THE BEACON 7 l Zillililtlildlfitii Baron Denn RICHARD EVEIJYN BYRD If you will turn to our Class Will, you will see the following statement which concludes our will: 'WVe, the class of 1934, having a passion for be- ing original, l1ave above signed our names in evidence of this." lVe might also say here, this: "lVe, the class of 193-1, having a passion for being original, have chosen as our class mod- el a man who is living---Admiral Rich- ard Evelyn Byrd. " Admiral Byrd, unlike so many of us, is able to trace his lineage a great many years back. He is a direct de- scendant of XVilliam Bird, who came to America i11 1674. Byrd was born .in Winchester, Virginia, October 25, 1885, the son of Richard Evelyn Byrd, a prominent Virginia attorney, a11d Eli- nor Bolling Flood. Ile is o11e of three brothers-all of whom have achieved tame. It is interesting to note that since Byrd's brothers are named Thom- as B. and Harry Flood, they are known to their intimate friends as "Tom, Dick a11d Harryw. VVhen "Dick" Byrd was o11ly twelve years old he XV011t unaccompanied on a voyage around the world in a Brit- ish tramp schooner. Upon his return home he entered tl1e Shenandoah Val- ley Militiry Institute, and later at- tended the Virginia Military Academy at Lexington, and the University of Virginia. Ile graduated from the Unit- ed States Naval Academy at Annap- olis, Maryland, in 1912. He married Marie D. Ames, of Boston, Massachu- setts, January 20, 1915. They have is ton, Editor three daughters and a son, Richard Jr. VVhile Byrd was still a junior of- ficer, in 1916, he stepped on a nail and the resulting infection has given him a permanently stiff foot. On that account he was retired from active service, for disability, although he continued to perform the actual du- ies of an active oiicer. Ile was promot- ed to the rank of Lieutenant Com- mander in 1922, and in 1927 he was given a commission as Commander, dating from May 9, 1926, when he made his flight over the North Pole. Ile was commissioned Rear-Admiral on the retired list of the Navy in rec- ognition of his explorations of the South Polar region. Byrd learned to Hy at Pensacola, Florida, i11 1917, and was one of the first officers to make night Hights. In 1918 he was sc11t to Canada to com- mand the United States Naval Forces in Canadian waters during the Worlrl Vtfar. He established the Naval Air Reserve stations and organized reserve personnel i11 1924. Since 1917 he has made important contributions to the science of aerial navigation. In June, 1925, Byrd ac- companied Lieutenant Command-Jr Donald B. MacMillan on his North Pole expedition, as commander of the navy fliers. In the following year, with Floyd Bennett as pilot, he made the first flight in an airplane over the North Pole and back to the base at Kings Bay, Spitzbergen, covering a distance

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