WASP Margaret Ringenberg’s Life as Revealed Through Her Daughter

Marsha Wright wrote book about her mother, Margaret Ringenberg, who is profiled in my WWII book.

Marsha Wright wrote book about her mother, Margaret Ringenberg, who is profiled in my WWII book.

My privilege as a writer and now author of World War II Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans is to celebrate occasions when the subject of World War II is promoted to the community.

World War II: Legacies of Northeast Indiana Veterans

World War II: Legacies of Northeast Indiana Veterans

I admit, before interviewing nearly 60 World War II vets, I might not have been as interested in the subject as I am now. Now that I understand the magnitude of sacrifice and challenges and courage it took to overcome that period, I can’t get enough of it!

WWII WASP Margaret Ringenberg

WWII WASP Margaret Ringenberg

Recently one of the people in my book, Margaret ‘Maggie’ Ray Ringenberg was featured during a talk by her daughter, Marsha J. Ringenberg Wright, at the Fort Wayne History Center.

It was the first Mather Lecture of 2015 at the History Center. Marsha spoke well about her mother Maggie Ray Ringenberg and Maggie’s life as an early female pilot. Marsha often flew with her mother as a young girl as Maggie kept her aviator license and in fact, Marsha even obtained her private pilot’s license and acted as co-pilot with her mother and even raced against her in air races!

Margaret, who died in 2008, has received posthumously two Congressional medals – one for being a WASP and another awarded in December 2014 for her involvement in Civil Air Patrol. The medals were on display.

The 1 –hour lecture was free and open to the public. There was a turnout of approximately 50 people, many of whom had known Maggie. Keep in mind it was a cold wintry day so that really was a great turnout!

Marsha stands at her book table with 1st Lt. John Deitrick, squadron commander of Civil Air Patrol, and Marsha's brother, Mike Ringenberg.

Marsha stands at her book table with 1st Lt. John Deitrick, squadron commander of Civil Air Patrol, and Marsha’s brother, Mike Ringenberg.

Marsha and I are friends as we have participated in a Christian writing club together for several years. She wrote a book with her mom about Maggie’s experiences as a pilot: ‘Maggie Ray, WWII Air Force Pilot’.

WASP Margaret Ringenberg

WASP Margaret Ringenberg

It was an honor to feature Margaret’s story in my book and support Marsha in her speaking ventures.

Several of these photos of Margaret are in my book, World War II Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans. You may purchase it by clicking the ‘Buy Now’ button at the top of the page. $20+$4.95 P/H=$24.95. Please indicate if you would like the copy personally signed. We mail as soon as payment is received.

Tom Brokaw featured Margaret Ringenberg in his book, The Greatest Generation.

Tom Brokaw featured Margaret Ringenberg in his book, The Greatest Generation.

The scope of our country’s involvement in 70+ countries that were involved in the war during those 5 or so years means countless experiences to be reported.

I’m doing my best to get as many World War II stories recorded as possible in my area of the world.

Please, if you have access to someone who was involved in World War II and is willing to talk about it, sit down with them and record it and take notes and ask as many questions as they’ll allow. Future generations will gain from our diligence in pursuing these stories!

2 thoughts on “WASP Margaret Ringenberg’s Life as Revealed Through Her Daughter

  1. Randall Carlson says:

    Hello,
    I am a volunteer worker for Civil Air Patrol (CAP) a nonprofit organization. I put together events, activities and educational materials for CAP. These items are given freely to all 56,000 CAP members as well as about 3500 teachers (Aerospace Education Members) or AEMs who use our materials to promote aerospace and STEM subjects to about 200,000 public/private/home schooled K-12 students nationwide. I have written two booklets/workbooks that address twenty-seven “Women in Aviation” from 1900 to today. These two volumes introduce these incredible women, a brief story of their lives and includes photos as well as material. I have identified 1 color photo of her in a ASP uniform, and one B/W in the cockpit of an aircraft on Google Search of Margret Ringenberg that I would like permission to use and properly cite your website and the photo back to you. Please respond to me with your approval, concerns and thoughts. This is not about money, it is about educating youth today. Thank you in advance. Another image that I have in mind is from your website where she is standing in front of a Piper Cub, black and white, propeller vertical, her right hand touching the engine:
    Photos: WWII WASP Margaret Ringenberg and WASP Margaret Ringenberg

    In the Spirit of CAP and Flight,

    Randall Carlson, Lt Col, USAF (Ret), CAP

    N HQ CAP / AE Curriculum Staff Assistant
    CAWG / AE MARC Cadet Programs AE Coordinator
    (H) 951.458-0152
    (C) 951.970.9527

    • kayreusser says:

      Thanks for your note! Our son was in CAP and it helped him so much! I’ve forwarded your note to Margaret’s daughter to get her permission. Thanks for your support of our youth!

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