Major Richard Ira Bong

Major Richard Ira Bong (HMT5L)

Location: Poplar, WI 54864 Douglas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 35.045', W 91° 47.836'

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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.
HM NumberHMT5L
Series This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 11:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 592145 N 5159649
Decimal Degrees46.58408333, -91.79726667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 35.045', W 91° 47.836'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 35' 2.70" N, 91° 47' 50.16" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1001-1099 Park Rd, Poplar WI 54864, US
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