BONG, RICHARD I. - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Major, U.S. Army Air Corps.

Place and date:   Over Borneo and Leyte, 10 October to 15 November 1944.

Entered service at:   Poplar, Wis.

Birth:   Poplar, Wis.

G.O. No.: 90, 8 December 1944.

Citation:   For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty in the Southwest Pacific area from 10 October to 15 November 1944. Though assigned to duty as gunnery instructor and neither required nor expected to perform combat duty, Maj. Bong voluntarily and at his own urgent request engaged in repeated combat missions, including unusually hazardous sorties over Balikpapan, Borneo, and in the Leyte area of the Philippines. His aggressiveness and daring resulted in his shooting down 8 enemy airplanes during this period.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)