Major Richard Ira Bong

© Photographed September 12, 2016
Poplar, Douglas County, Wisconsin
46° 35.045′ N, 91° 47.836′ W
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1920 - 1945
This Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter, through the efforts of General George C. Kenney, was donated by the United States Air Force in memory of Major Richard I. Bong. Major Bong a native of Poplar, was credited with destroying 40 Japanese aircraft in aerial combat and earned the title of "America's Ace of Aces" while flying P-38s in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. In December 1944 Major Bong was awarded the nations highest award the Congressional Medal of Honor for his exploits. General Douglas MacArthur cited the young Wisconsin ace as entering the "society of the bravest of the brave." On August 6, 1945 Major Bong was killed while testing a Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star jet.
The marker is located on Memorial Drive, east of its intersection with South Village Road, near 4956 Memorial Drive, Poplar, Wisconsin 54864.

Congressional Medal of Honor Society: Bong, Richard I.

Wikipedia: Richard Bong

Major Richard I. Bong

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center 

See also related markers, Marker 64: Major "Dick" Bong and Major Richard Ira Bong Burial Site, at different locations.

Major Richard Bong
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 Abandoned Richard Bong Memorial School,
next to the memorial location.

The memorial is located in Poplar, Wisconsin.

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