Like most children born in the 1920's, Carl "Bus" Crumpton grew up poor. Their family home at Ogden had one bedroom to house the two girls and eight boys, so a smaller building was erected on the property to provide a bedroom for the boys.
After graduating from Manhattan High School, Bus served with the U.S. Marine Corps until the war ended in 1945. He saw action overseas from Guadacanal to Japan and many places in between with the torpedo bombing squadrons VMTB-143 and VMTB-232 (the notorious Red Devil squadron), and flew many missions with Pappy Boyington and the famous Black Sheep squadron.
His wartime awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in aerial combat and the Presidential Unit Citation award, along with many others.
Bus jokes that he learned to fly an airplane before he learned to drive a car. Among his comrades in arms was Alex Raymond, the creator of Flash Gordon, and Bus was interviewed in a biography about Raymond.
Bus attended K-State on the G.I. Bill, graduating with bachelor's and master's degrees in physical sciences. He worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation from 1951 to 1988 as a geologist, research geologist, and engineer of research, where he was instrumental in the building of the interstate highway system.
Much of his research is still used today in the material composite and the building of roads. He has published dozens of scientific and engineering papers. He also served as a geology instructor at KSU, adjunct assistant professor at Washburn University and engineering lecturer at KU.
An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, Bus was also a prolific reader and writer. He created a writing circle for beginning novelists and family story writers called the Writer's Bloc in Topeka.
Bus has lived his life with an iron will, overcoming many obstacles. Two years ago he was in a car accident and was not expected to survive, and, if he lived, doctors did not expect him to walk again. Through sheer willpower and the help of the excellent staff at St. Joseph's (now Via Christi Village in Manhattan), he is now walking and enjoying the environs of his new home. He is especially enjoying the good meals.
If you can't find him, he will be the one with his face behind a book!