There is an old damaged airplane propeller in front of the Lake Linden city hall in the Keweenaw Peninsula that has a connection to Saginaw. I gave a presentation last month at the castle museum and one of the photos I showed was the magnificent city hall in the town of Lake Linden. The propeller is a memorial to the crewmen of the Lady Be Good B-24 bomber that crashed in the Lybian desert on a mission in WWII. click here for a link to my post about it. The plane was found years later and the propeller was given to Lake Linden because one of the crew members was from the town. At my presentation, someone told me that one of the crewmembers was from Saginaw. I am surprised I did not notice it in my research, but Sgt Harold J. Ripslinger the flight engineer was from Saginaw and graduated from St Andrews High School. I feel bad that I overlooked the fact that he was from Saginaw, I am grateful to everyone who has served in the military and especially to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
P.S. As I travel around the state of Michigan I seem to find connections to Saginaw. If you want to read the story of the Lady Be Good and my other stories around the Mitten State check out my Lost In Michigan book, they can be purchased at the Castle Museum gift shop or at the Savoy Bar and Grill or ordered from my website HERE
P.P.S. If you missed the program at the Castle Museum I have another one coming up in Burt with the Taymouth Township Historical Association on April 26th at 7:00.