"Arctic Hero" who was that guy? It wasn't Richard Byrd (1888-1957) although he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1912, he was retired in 1916 do to an injury. Besides he did all of his discovering from an airplane. It wasn't Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) he discovered the S. Pole in 1911 but didn't make it to the N. Pole until 1926 and besides he was from Norway and I don't think he was a naval officer. Was it Robert Peary (1856-1920) he discovered the N. Pole in 1909 and was
a naval officer? He was retired a Rear Admiral in 1911.