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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
15 October 1998

RENOWNED CITADEL CHAPLAIN CELEBRATES 90TH BIRTHDAY

          Chaplain (Col.) Sidney R. Crumpton will be honored during the Friday, October 16 afternoon dress parade at 4:20 on Summerall Field.

          Crumpton served as the chaplain to the Corps of Cadets from 1962 until 1974 and then again in 1976 and 1977. During his tenure at the military college, he also served as chaplain to The Citadel Summer Camp for Boys from 1962 until 1994. Prior to his arrival at The Citadel, he was the corps chaplain for the XII U.S. Army Corps Headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.

          His Army career began in 1932 with a reserve commission in the infantry. He transferred to the Army Chaplaincy in July 1942 and served in Europe, Japan, and Korea. He was wounded during World War II and was hospitalized for 15 months in Paris, France. He served in Japan from 1947 to1950 and as Seoul area command chaplain with the Eighth U.S. Army in Korea from 1953 to 1955 for his second tour of the Far East. He has had the following stateside assignments: Fort Knox, Ky.; Camp Beale, Calif.; Fort Riley Kan.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; South Carolina Military District, Columbia, S.C.; and Fort Belvoir, Va. Some of his decorations include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with an oak leaf cluster, European Theatre of Operations, and the American Victory Medal.

          Chaplain Crumpton received degrees from Wofford College and Duke University. He is a graduate of the Chaplain School at Harvard University and six other service schools. During the 1974 Citadel commencement, Crumpton was awarded the coveted Algernon Sydney Sullivan award for his "high thought and noble endeavor." In 1977 Crumpton received the Palmetto Medal, an award that recognizes performance that reflects great credit on the military college and the state of South Carolina. Also, prior to his retirement, he was awarded the honorary Mark Clark Camper Award and elected to Who’s Who in South Carolina. He was also presented a citation signed by Citadel Presidents Gen. Mark Clark, Gen. Hugh Harris, and Gen. James Duckett under whom he served.

          Chaplain Crumpton is a member of the South Carolina United Methodist Conference. He was ordained Deacon in the 1941 conference and received his Elders Ordination at the College of the Pacific.

          A native of Sumter, S.C., Crumpton was married to the late Lila Earle of Greenville. They have one married daughter.

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