Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center, Superior, WI

When you hear the word bong, you instantly thing of a device that allows people to smoke a certain substance. With that being said, it’s also a last name; a last name to be revered. Richard I. Bong was the US’s top flying ace in WWII. He is a Medal of Honor recipient and one of the most decorated fighter pilots in US history. I guess you can now associate the word Bong with something truly badass.

He was originally from Poplar, Wisconsin, which is close to Superior. There is a WWI and WWII museum in Superior dedicated to his honor. This is the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. I got the chance to drop by and check it out.

Inside is a P-38 Lightning fighter that is similar to the one he flew in the war. There are other pieces that go into some of the details of the World Wars. It has a local twist on how the Twin Ports region of Superior, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota contributed to the war efforts. It is a great place to visit to learn about the war and honor a true American hero.

The following are pictures from my walk around the museum.

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