Inquiring minds: I’m trying to find the name of a man...

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. I’m trying to find the name of a man who was supposed to be the first American soldier to cross the Rhine into Germany during World War II. After the War, he became a manager at a steel plant. He settled a bitter strike and reformed the plant. Later he became a labor/management consultant, and I know there has been a book written about him.

A.  It sounds like the man you are searching for is Wayne T. Alderson, who died earlier this year. According to his obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Alderson won several medals for heroism during World War II but refused to follow orders to shoot prisoners because that conflicted with his moral principles. You can read more about Alderson in a 1980 book called “Stronger than Steel; the Wayne Alderson Story” by R.C. Sproul. Although our library doesn’t own this title, we can get it for you from another library system through a process called Interlibrary Loan. For more information, ask a librarian.

Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 628-6803 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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