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Memorial created 06-18-2009 by
Maryann Dunbar
William Herbert Crispien
June 22 1917 - March 20 2009

Air Corps Bill

This online memorial was created in loving memory of William Crispien, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign William's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember William forever.

William Crispien, Bill, my dad, was born on June 22, 1917 in Rose Lodge, Oregon to William and Anna (Manthey) Crispien, immigrants from East Prussia, Germany (which is now part of Poland). Bill was the youngest of five children. When he was two years of age, the family moved to rural Skamania county near Cape Horn in Washington state where they had farm property. Bill worked on the farm, and enjoyed doing anything outdoors.

Bill graduated from Washougal High School, then spent time in the newly created Civilian Conservation Corps doing forestry work. In 1940, he entered the Army Air Corps, forerunner of the Air Force. He took training to become a camera repair technician, and acheived the rank of Technical Sergeant. Bill did aerial photography for the military, and ground photography in his free time. A World War II veteran, he was stationed in Europe: England, France, and Italy, and also spent time in North Africa. He took some unforgettable photographs including dramatic shots of Mt. Vesuvius as it violently erupted in 1944!


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