LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Sgt. Major Thomas B. Crump, who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor while serving with the Marines, died Tuesday. He was 93 years old.
Crump joined the Marines in 1940 at the age of 19. He was standing guard on the dock next the USS Pennsylvania at Pearl Harbor when Japanese forces attacked. Crump also fought in the battles of Bougainville, Pelileu and Okinawa. In 1953, Crump returned to combat in Korea. In 1964, Crump was sent to Louisville to serve as a recruiter for the Marine Corps.
Crump retired from the Marines in 1970 but continued to be involved with the JROTC program he started at Seneca High School, the longest running program of its kind.
Sgt. Major Crump died at Oaklawn Nursing and Rehab Center surrounded by a group of veterans.
A funeral service will be held at Owen Funeral Home in Jeffersontown at 10 a.m., followed by a burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home at 9318 Taylorsville Road.
Expressions of sympathy be made to Kosair Charities.
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