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Lt. Col. Jim Bong Jr. stands by his F-15 before flying a combat mission over Iraq. Nephew of America's Ace of Aces, Maj. Richard I. Bong, is among the Lake Nebagamon men and women whose stories are being told in a new book, "The Heroes Among Us." Sales of the book, expected to be published by the end of the year, will be used to help establish the Lake Nebagamon Armed Services Tribute. (Submitted photo)

Lake Nebagamon-area heroes honored in upcoming book

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Jim Bong Jr. grew up hearing stories about his famous uncle, World War II hero and America's Ace of Aces, Maj. Richard I. Bong. It is natural that young Jim would join the U.S. Air Force.

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Lt. Col. Bong served for more than 23 years, including eight deployments to Iraq.

His experiences and those of other local men and women are chronicled in "The Heroes Among Us," a book now being written to honor men and women from the Lake Nebagamon area who served in the armed forces.

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