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Inver Grove Heights in Dakota County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

B-52 Crash Site

Cold War Veterans Memorial

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By K. Linzmeier, July 22, 2011
1. B-52 Crash Site Marker
Inscription.  On this spot on September 16, 1958, a U.S. Air force B-52D bomber crashed while on a Cold War training mission originating from Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, Maine. Seven crewmen gave their lives for their country. They were:

Captain Wm. C. Horstman, pilot. Kansas City, MO
Captain Richard J. Cantwell, navigator. Phoenix, AZ
Major S. O. Gillespie, Jr., radar observer. Atlanta, GA
1st Lt. Wm. F. Huskey, engineer. Norman, OK
T/Sgt. Leon R. Lew, tail gunner. Skokie, IL
Captain James D. Taylor, instructor. Dixon, KY
Captain Benard D. Lanois, instructor. San Diego, CA

This marker has been erected in honor of the lost crewmen. Though from homes far away, and now long gone from this earth, they have not been forgotten by the citizens of Inver Grove Heights, the State of Minnesota, or the Country they so proudly served.

Supporting the Memorial:
The Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame. Chaska
Planes of Fame East, Inc. Eden Prairie
Twin City Aero Historians. Minneapolis-St. Paul
Minnesota Air National Guard Historical
B-52 Crash Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 22, 2011
2. B-52 Crash Site Marker
Foundation. International Airport
American Wings Air Museum. Anoka County Airport
The Confederate Air Force, Southern Minnesota Wing. So. St. Paul
Air Force Association, E.W. Rawlings Chapter. St. Paul

Captain Jack D. Craft Purvis, Miss. injured and survived.
8 Members of August Kahl's Family were injured by the crash.
Erected 1996 by the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, et al.
Location. 44° 49.285′ N, 93° 3.041′ W. Marker is in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, in Dakota County. Marker is on Broderick Boulevard north of Brooks Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Marker is along the service road to the Inver Grove Heights water tower. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Inver Grove Heights MN 55076, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Salem Evangelical Church (approx. 3 miles away); The Stockyards (approx. 4.6 miles away); Armour & Company (approx. 4.7 miles away); Swift & Company (approx. 5.1 miles away); Kaposia Village (approx. 6.4 miles away); Mendota Work Camp No. 1 (approx. 6.9 miles away); Pilot Knob (approx. 7 miles away); Mendota / Sibley House (approx. 7.1 miles away).
Additional comments.
1. Anna Goers Kahl
B-52 Crash Site and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 22, 2011
3. B-52 Crash Site and Marker

August and Anna Kahl are my aunt and uncle. August died some years ago but Anna just celebrated her 100th birthday this past weekend. Pretty remarkable!
    — Submitted August 5, 2013, by Mary Manson of Jefferson City, Montana.

2. My step brother's dad was William Charlie Horstman
My Dad and his widowed Mom Wanda were married years ago and have since both passed away. I knew about the crash but didn't know about the memorial until Nick emailed me yesterday about it being 58 years ago that his Dad Charlie had been killed in the crash. Thanks for and to all who made this happen!
    — Submitted January 22, 2019, by Michael H. Gerber of Altamonte Springs, Fl..

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Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 5,003 times since then and 163 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 29, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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