National Geographic : 1962 Apr
NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERROBERTF. SISSON © N.G.S. His signature of courage written wide upon the bright globe, a bronze Richard Evelyn Byrd lifts his eyes to the horizon he unceasingly pursued in life. White Carrara marble of the pedestal symbolizes polar ice and snow; inscriptions on two faces cite Byrd's conquests of the two Poles by air, his pioneer flight across the Atlantic, and five Antarctic expeditions. The Society's steadfast friend for years, 578 the Admiral became a Life Trustee in 1953. astonishing career. Admiral Byrd carried the Society's flagon his historic flights over both Poles. "The Admiral showed his friendship in many ways. He named mountains in the Antarctic for both Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor and the late Dr. John Oliver LaGorce. Admiral Byrd contributed a long series of notable articles to NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC; they are among the most popu lar we have ever published [see page 574]. "With his winning personality and unique exploits, Admiral Byrd was des tined to become one of the brightest stars of the American lecture program. Audi ences all over the United States thrilled to his talks and his superb films. On all those trips across the continent, Mrs. Byrd followed him. I remember so well when he came to Washington to lecture the first time for the Society; she was always with him, looking out for him--a wonderful thing. "An avalanche of honors was heaped upon Admiral Byrd in his lifetime. He could easily have basked in his early glo ries. To an ordinary man, successful flights over both Poles might easily have been enough for a lifetime. But the Admiral was not a man to deny the call of adventure or service to his country. No sooner had he returned from one expedition than he was prepared to go on another. This statue shows the determination in his face. "The memorial, ladies and gentlemen, is a symbol of our affection and esteem for our beloved Admiral of the Ends of the Earth-Richard Evelyn Byrd."