Plans are being finalized for a dedication ceremony on July 14th at 1pm for a memorial that is being erected in memory of the four Air Force crew men that lost their lives when the B-47 Bomber they were flying while on a training mission from Lincoln Air Force Base, Lincoln, Neb., crashed three miles north of Comfrey.
The ceremony will be held at 200 Brown Street East (North Park) in Comfrey. The Minnesota Patriot Guard motorcyclists, Legion and Civil Air Patrol Color Guard units will march from Comfrey Public School to the park (through main street) at 12:45pm.
The 4 men were Capt. Donald L. Livingston, Lt. Michael R. Rebmann, Lt. Thomas J Hallgarth, and Lt. C. Lamar Ledbetter. Family and friends from all over the United States are planning to attend the ceremony.
During the ceremony, the Historical marker, the black granite markers and benches will be unveiled. The benches have the US Air Force insignia and a B-47 Stratojet on them.
The ceremony will include introduction of family and friends of the crew and individuals that were involved in the search operation. Remarks will be given by Greg Peterson, Brown County Veteran Service Officer and Col Gerald Quilling, North Central Region, Civil Air Patrol. Col Quilling was the Incident Commander in charge of the ground search operations following the crash.
Following the Ceremony, the Comfrey American Legion Auxiliary Unit #244 will host a reception at the Community Center. Col. Quilling will have slides of the operation that was conducted after the crash. Presentations will also be given to the families at the Community Center.
Parking will be available west of the North Park. Bring your own lawn chairs. Please avoid parking on Brown Street due to MN Patriot Guard Motorcyclist participation. Streets around the park will be closed off. Softball tournaments are also being held at the North Park throughout the day as part of the Comfrey Community Day Celebration.
The State Hwy #258 approaching Comfrey from the north is under construction and is now marked as County #16. It is doubtful that construction will be completed by July 14. . Please allow time to take an alternate route.
The Comfrey Legion and Auxiliary have been raising funds through projects and donations for this Memorial for the past 10 months. Donations are still welcome and can be sent to: Comfrey Legion B-47 Memorial Fund % Choice Financial Bank, PO 98, Comfrey, MN 56019