The Greatest Fighter Pilot In American History Was Named Dick Bong
By | October 12, 2019
Names tend to follow people throughout their lives, especially when they make people giggle. Dick Trickle, Harry Baals, and Tokyo Sexwale were all real people with incredibly unfortunate names. However, the man with perhaps the most unfortunate name, which unfortunately overshadows his incredible feats in life, was Major Dick Bong.
Dick Bong Found His Calling Early
Born Richard Ira Bong, the eldest of nine children, he grew up in Superior, Wisconsin. He found his calling at an early age when President Calvin Coolidge spent his summer in America's Dairyland.
"The President's mail plane flew right over my house,” Bong remembered. "I knew then I wanted to be a pilot." It's a good thing the President decided to summer in Wisconsin. As it would turn out, Major Dick Bong was born to fly.