From the bloggers at Gypsy Journal RV.
He was a small town farm boy who made good, a hero in a time when America still revered her heroes, and long after he died serving his country, Richard I. Bong’s legacy lives on.
The oldest of nine children born to a Swedish immigrant father and American-born mother, Dick Bong’s upbringing reflected the values and expectations of his time – loyalty to his family and a deep sense of patriotism. Born in 1920, Bong was a typical all American boy who drove farm tractors at an early age, participated in school sports, sang in his church choir, and hunted and fished in the forests and rivers around his northern Wisconsin home.
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