Poplar in Douglas County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Major Richard Ira Bong
1920 – 1945
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. Touch 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. ¼ mile away); Evergreen Park Cottage Sanatorium 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 & Space • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 651 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on May 10, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 15, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.