Robert W. Pointer
IN TRIBUTE TO MAJOR RICHARD I. BONG
Major RICHARD BONG (September 24, 1920 – August 6, 1945) was the most successful fighter pilot of the US in WW2. During the course of his military service as a fighter pilot, Bong is credited with 40 kills and is nicknamed "Ace of Aces". He was tbe recipient of numerous distinguished awards including Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. On August 6, 1945 he died during an accidental plane crash while testing the P 80A "Shooting Star" near Burbank, California
A visit to a place of rest,
beneath a pine, a white;
a place where man and birds make nest,
to hide them through the night.
Now roots, rough crusted, trough the sod
as though to show in timbered hod
they carry travailed duty yet
to mark the mark the place where boy was met
in joyful hunts and walks through these
rough acre’d hills of sibling trees.
The place he ne’er forgot when called…
this Gitche Gumme’s view; appalled
to more majestic sight
unveiled to whom are blessed in flight.
Pacific then, those skies of blue and white
were rent by screaming Lightning’s firefight
While in that cauldron’s boiling sweat was born
The Ace from whom all Ace’s fabric’s torn.
Forget this quiet place, if that you can
for few there come to visit and to stand
in silent awe of who lies here in sleep
under these watchful arbors, green and deep
But when you gaze into the azured blue
and think of those who in it glee’ly flew
do not forget the cost our freedom ‘paid
by likes of him who here, alone, was laid.
©Copyright March 2004 by Robert W. Pointer