Richard Bong: Boy From Poplar

Richard Bong: Boy From Poplar

Richard Bong grew up on his family farm in the small village of Poplar, Wisconsin. He would later become a decorated veteran, including the Medal of Honor, known as the “Aces of Aces” for being the WWII fighter pilot who downed the most enemy aircraft in his P-38 Lighting with a record of 40 total in his over 200 mission flights. Bong was one of the best fighter pilots to ever live and his record is still unrattled to this day.


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The executive director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Douglas County, John Gidley, helps to educate us more on this American figure. Richard Bong grew up watching the mail plane that delivered Former President Calvin Coolidge's mail at his summer White House.


Contributing to his country today, the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, which opened in 2002, in Superior, is a meeting place for veterans to fellowship together in their naval family. This center is also a museum that houses WWII relics that people can come to visit today and learn the history that they are standing on. The purpose of the center is to honor the stories of not only Bong but all WWII veterans. The center even has an oral history program where veterans can tell their stories from their days in service. These recordings are then housed at the Library of Congress.


Come visit the past at this Center that also celebrates and honors today’s veterans. What could you learn about your family’s history at this museum?


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