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.
Harold Montgomery was a African American Battalion Headquarters File Clerk with the 1873 Engineer Aviation Battalion on Ie Shima. He wrote, "I was a member of the 1873rd Aviation Engineers stationed on Ie Shima at the time of the history making event". The 1873rd Engineer’s Aviation Battalion constructed the air strip on Ie Shima during World War II. His photo album serves as important documentation of that time period. (Download pdf)
W. Wallace Stover was born on February 20, 1917, in Columbus, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University, where he played football, and was enrolled in the Army ROTC program. Upon commissioning he served in the 37th Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater of WWII. One battle in which he took part was that of Bougainville Island, where his actions earned him the Distinguished Service Cross, a recognition second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor.
After he retired from his military duties, Stover became a faculty member and counselor at his alma mater. A conference room on campus is named after him.
He passed away on December 26, 2003.