Major "Dick" Bong
"America's Ace of Aces"
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 America'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
"Major "Dick" Bong."
The Hi-Line and the Yellowstone Trail: To Glacier Park and Back Again.
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