Died July 25, 1981.
Jarred Vincent Crabb was born in Olney, Ill., in 1902. He graduated from Purdue University in 1925 with a bachelor of science degree. In February 1929 he enlisted in the Army as a flying cadet and attended the Air Corps Primary Flying School at March Field, Calif., followed by the Air Corps Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Reserve a year later.
From May 1930 until 1942, General Crabb served in various assignments in the United States, Panama Canal Zone and Newfoundland, where he was commanding officer of Gander Air Force Base.
In November 1942, then Colonel Crabb was named commander of a bombardment group at Columbia, S.C., and accompanied that group to the South Pacific theater. In September 1943, Brigadier General Crabb became chief of staff of the Fifth Bomber Command and a month later was assigned to headquarters of an advanced echelon of the Fifth Air Force. He rejoined the Fifth Bomber Command in February 1944 and in April 1944 assumed command. Later he became commander of the 314th Composite wing.
In September 1946 General Crabb became deputy commander of the Ninth Air Force at Greenville, S.C. He assumed command of the 13th Air Force at Clark Air Force Base, Luzon, Philippine Islands, in November 1948 and in June 1949 he became deputy chief of staff for operations of the Far East Air Forces, with headquarters at Tokyo, Japan.
In January 1952 General Crabb became chief of staff of the Air Defense Command at Ent Air Force Base, Colo. He held that position until July 23, 1954, at which time Major General Crabb assumed command of Central Air Defense Force, with headquarters at Richards-Gebaur Air Force base, Mo.
General Crabb assumed his present duties on July 14, 1958 as chief of staff, Headquarters Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo.
General Crabb is interested in golf and fresh water fly-fishing. He finds fly tying a diversion from his desk duties. The general is an early riser regardless of the day of the week. The general is a sojourner (a military order of the Masonic organization). Is a Quiet Birdman and a Methodist.
DECORATIONS AND MEDALS
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
American Campaign Medal
American Defense Service Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
WW II Victory Medal
Korean Service Medal
Philippine Liberation Medal
Distinguished Unit Citation
National Defense Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
OPINIONS, TASTES AND EVALUATIONS
In the non-fiction field, General Crabb reads material which is oriented to the military technical side of the aircraft industry and the missile industry. In the non-fiction area, the general reads such magazines as Aviation Week, U.S. News & World Report and others of a similar nature. In the area of fiction, the general reads for relaxation what he refers to as light reading. For travel the general prefers sightseeing and fishing trips; and for climate the semi-arid, high elevation of the western slopes of the Rockies. He is building his home in Colorado Springs for retirement.
General Crabb lists three qualities required of those who work for him; honesty, loyalty and industry. He states further that loyalty perhaps is the most important attribute; that loyalty breeds industry; that loyalty can cover many faults and make them acceptable.
"An all-around airman" is the way one of General Crabb's associates characterized him recently. "He is always among the first to fly a new type interceptor aircraft. He is interested in people and is always alert to improve the working and living conditions of Air Force people".