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

Major “Dick” Bong

“America's Ace of Aces”

 
 
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By Keith L, June 12, 2011
1. Major "Dick" Bong Marker
Inscription. It was here that Major Richard I. Bong was born, received his education, and grew to manhood. After attending Superior State College where he received his first pilot training, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps on May 29, 1941. Assigned to the New Guinea combat theater of operations on September 5, 1942, he quickly proved his mastery in the air by shooting down two enemy aircraft in his first air battle. By destroying a total of forty enemy aircraft in air combat he became American's leading air ace of all time. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by a grateful government and winner of many other military decorations, he lost his life testing a jet plane in August, 1945 and lies buried nearby.
Erected 1957

 
Erected 1957 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 64.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 46° 35.11′ N, 91° 48.101′ W. Marker is in Poplar, Wisconsin, in Douglas County. Marker is on Main Street east of County Highway D, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9704 Main Street, Poplar WI 54864, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Major "Dick" Bong Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
2. Major "Dick" Bong Marker
At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Major Richard Ira Bong (approx. 0.2 miles away); Davidson Windmill (approx. 6.6 miles away); Evergreen Park Cottage Sanatorium (approx. 6.8 miles away); Northwest Portal of Wisconsin (approx. 10.9 miles away); Lake Superior (approx. 11.4 miles away); Brule-St. Croix Portage (approx. 14.1 miles away); The Brule St. Croix Portage (approx. 14.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Dick Bong. Richard I. Bong Veterans Memorial Center website. (Submitted on June 14, 2011.) 

2. Richard Bong. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 14, 2011.) 
 
Additional keywords. P-38 "Lightning"; P-80 "Shooting Star" aircraft
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
Close-up of Sign at Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
3. Close-up of Sign at Marker
[map and memorial information]
Sign at Poplar Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
4. Sign at Poplar Cemetery
[along Cemetery Road]

Major Bong Grave →
Sign by Grave Site image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
5. Sign by Grave Site

Grave Site of
Richard Ira Bong
Major, Fifth Air Force, WWII
* Medal of Honor * America's Ace of Aces *
Major Bong Grave image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
6. Major Bong Grave

Richard Ira Bong
Major Fifth Air Force
Sept. 24, 1920 Aug. 6, 1945
"America's Ace of Aces"

Richard I Bong
Medal of Honor
Maj US Army Air Corps
World War II
Sep 24 1920 Aug 6 1945
Dst Svc Cross - Silver Star
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 732 times since then and 70 times this year. Last updated on March 12, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 14, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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