CRUMPLER, CARL BOYETTE Name: Carl Boyette Crumpler Rank/Branch: O5/United States Air Force, pilot Unit: 433rd TFS Date of Birth: 02 July 1927 Home City of Record: Jacksonville FL Date of Loss: 05 July 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 173600 North 1062700 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D Other Personnel in Incident: Michael Burns, returnee Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: 730314 RELEASED BY DRV
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO CARL B. CRUMPLER Colonel - United States Air Force Shot down: July 5, 1968 Released: March 14, 1973 I am a Floridian by birth and received all my early training in state schools completing high school in Jacksonville in 1945. Shortly after graduation I enlisted in the U. S. Navy and was released after one year of active duty during the World War II demobilization. In 1946 I entered the University of Alabama and received my degree and USAF commission in 1950. In September 1950 I was called to active duty and attended pilot training in 1951-52. A succession of assignments in Air Defense Command Fighter Squadrons followed, from 1952 to 1960, including a tour of duty in Naha, Okinawa. In 1960 I attended the Aircraft Maintenance Officers Course and was subsequently assigned to Air Training Command for four years. My next assignment was to Teheran, Iran as an advisor to the Imperial Iranian Air Force. Departing Iran I was assigned to the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ubon, Thailand with a five month stopover for F4 training at Homestead AFB, Florida. I was shot down by ground fire over North Vietnam on 5 July 1968. My wife, Jane, sons, Mike (16), Todd (13), daughters, Beth (11), and Leigh (10), awaited my return in Orange Park, Florida. One question that I have often been asked since my return is "What changes have you seen in America since your return?" Most people asking this are seeking answers dealing with moral decay, decline of established institutions or changes in our social structure. The most obvious change that I have seen is Americans are concerned. They are concerned about inflation, social problems, integrity in public office and even the possible decline in our international image. Concerned Americans working together brought us through the economic chaos of the 30's, rebuilt a destitute Europe after World War II and placed a man on the moon. It seems time again for us Americans to get a few calluses on our hands. It is a cheap price to pay for freedom and our way of life. My faith in the future of our wonderful nation has never been greater. ---------------------
Carl Crumpler retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and Jane still live in Florida.