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Poplar in Douglas County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Major Richard Ira Bong

1920 – 1945

 
 
Major Richard Ira Bong Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
1. Major Richard Ira Bong Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 46° 35.045′ N, 91° 47.836′ W. Marker is in Poplar, Wisconsin, in Douglas County. Marker is on Memorial Drive east of South Village Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4956 Memorial Drive, Poplar WI 54864, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Major "Dick" Bong (approx. 0.2 miles away); Evergreen Park Cottage Sanatorium
Major Richard Ira Bong Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
2. Major Richard Ira Bong Marker
(approx. 6.6 miles away); Davidson Windmill (approx. 6.8 miles away); Northwest Portal of Wisconsin (approx. 11.1 miles away); Lake Superior (approx. 11.6 miles away); Brule-St. Croix Portage (approx. 14 miles away); The Brule St. Croix Portage (approx. 14.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. After Richard Bong was killed, a small Bong Memorial Room was built in the high school at Poplar. The Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter, noted on the marker, originally was displayed near the state historical marker located 0.2 miles away. Later, it was moved here, next to the Poplar High School. The Bong Memorial Room in the school was closed after over 50 years when the school building was sold. Only the mounting pylons for the aircraft remain, beyond the marker here, at this site next to the old school.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richard Bong. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 15, 2011.) 

2. Major Richard I.Bong. (Submitted on June 15, 2011.)
3. History of the Bong Memorial. Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center website. (Submitted on June 15, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
Maj. Richard Ira Bong, USAAF image. Click for full size.
circa 1945
3. Maj. Richard Ira Bong, USAAF
Major Richard Ira Bong Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
4. Major Richard Ira Bong Marker
Close-up of Sign at Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
5. Close-up of Sign at Marker
[map and memorial information]
Former Poplar High School image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
6. Former Poplar High School
The marker is to the right of the photographer.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 597 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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