Oklahoma State Sen. Josh Brecheen issued a Citation of Congratulations Friday, April 18, 2014, on behalf of the Oklahoma Legislature, honoring Durant area resident Malcolm Krumme’s 95th birthday.
Krumme was born in Agency, Missouri, in 1919, and worked at numerous occupations to get himself and his family by during the Depression. He went on to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II and U.S. Army Air Corps, the predecessor to today’s U.S. Air Force. After dodging German U-boats on his voyage from New York to Great Britain, Krumme was stationed in England, operating in conjunction with the Royal Air Force throughout that country, Ireland, Belgium, France, and several other countries. Like countless others of the Greatest Generation, Krumme did his duty and helped see the war through to the end.
After the war, Krumme came home and went to college at Kansas University where he graduated with an engineering degree. He then went to work for General Motors Allison Aircraft Engine Division, and raised a family. Krumme worked as a engineering liason with the U.S. Air Force, and traveled extensively abroad, and lived all over the United States before his last position at Tinker Air Force base, where he retired several years ago.
Krumme moved to the Durant area in 2006 where he enjoys tending to his garden and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandson.