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Colonel Tahlman Krumm

Born on January 8, 1912, Colonel Tahlman Krumm, Sr. was schooled at East High School in Columbus, Ohio and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at Ohio State University in 1934. Through the Reserve Officer Training Corps, he was also commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve.

In 1940, as the potential increased for U.S. involvement in World War II, Krumm was summoned to active duty and he remained on that status until 1945. His first assignment was to help design and build an airfield for the Army Air Corps in Antigua, an island in the Caribbean.

Krumm eventually was assigned to the 1104th Combat Engineers Group which landed on the invasion beaches of Normandy, France, on June 7-11, 1944 (D2- to D6- Days). The 1104th saw action in France in summer-fall 1944 and then was assigned to Bastogne and the Ardennes Forest, where it participated in the Battle of the Bulge. In late winter 1945, the 1104th engineered the crossing of the Ruhr River into Germany. Krumm, then a major, directed the crossing in the face of intense enemy resistance. Major Krumm was awarded both a Silver Star for his gallantry in action against an enemy and a Purple Heart for having received wounds in combat.

Krumm remained in the Reserve Officer program after World War II and was reactivated during the Korean Conflict, serving for two years as an engineer in Washington, D.C.

Eventually achieving promotion to Colonel, Krumm was appointed by the President of the United States to the Panama Canal Commission in 1969, only days before he passed away at the age of 57.

View the entire Col. Tahlman Krumm papers collection below or download individual articles here.