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Jewish Member of Byrd South Pole Flight Gets Decoration

July 11, 1930
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Master Sergeant Benjamin Roth of the Air Corps was among the three members of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition who were decorated yesterday by Secretary of War Hurley for heroism in connection with the expedition. In awarding the Soldiers’ Medal to Sergeant Roth, Major Fechet, chief of the Air Corps, who read the citations, said:

“For heroism while serving as a member of the 1928-30 Byrd Antarctic Expedition. Sergeant Roth performed his duties as airplane mechanic in a most meritorious manner and by his conduct and devotion to duty in the face of great danger, even after having nearly lost his life when a part of the barrier cliff collapsed, gained several commendations and recommendations for promotion from the expedition commander and brought great credit to himself, the expedition and the United States Army.”

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