MSgt Ted Kampf (Ret.)

Ted Kampf enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940 at the age of 19. After completing his training he was sent to the Philippine Islands and served on watch duty. In January of 1942 he was captured by the Japanese Army  and thrown aboard an old freighter ship with about 1600 other soldiers to an unknown destination. The ship bounced from island to island stopping in Hong Kong, then on to Taiwan, or Formosa as it was then known.

Kampf was then taken from the ship and detained as a prisoner of war for six months. The Japanese then took Kampf, along with about 300 other prisoners, to mainland Yokohama, Japan, then to a city just outside of Tokyo, Japan where he was forced to work in the steel mills from early morning until late in the night, for about six months. Then he was taken to a seaport city in Northern Japan where he was forced to work on the docks, loading and unloading ships from China, and being sustained on the bowl of rice and a little soy as a daily rotation.

Kampf was also taken to another island to build an air strip with about 300 other prisoners. He was one of the 150 who were sent back tot he camps in the first group while the remaining 150 prisoners stayed to finish the project and were then executed; though 11 did miraculously escape the execution, but not unharmed.

On August 15, 1945, one day after the surrender of the Japanese that these prisoners, including Kamps, found out that the war was over. Kampf recalled that they awoke one morning and found that there were no guards, rifles laid about on the ground, the gates were kept open, and at last they were free from their daily toil.

“U.S. Airplanes flew overhead dropping 55 gallon drums containing food, candy, clothes, cigarettes, and toilet supplies,” Kampf said. “We stayed out of the way of the drop zone as the barrels didn’t even have parachutes attached to them.”

These men then commandeered a train heading to Tokyo where they were then barged out to hospital ships in Tokyo Harbor to heal from their captivity, wounds and illnesses. Once they were treated they were flown back to the Philippine Islands.

Kampf finally boarded a U.S. troop ship and was headed state-side after three and a half years as a prisoner of war and weighing only 78 pounds. After about 6 months of in hospital treatment in San Francisco, Ca., and Spokane, Wa., Kampf was permitted three months leave to return home for some rest and relaxation.

Upon returning to service Kampf reenlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas and retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service.

Kampf continued his service to his country after retirement by serving on the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Police Force for 18 and a half years before retiring from this service.

Kampf now resides in the Rose Park area of Salt Lake City where he has lived for the past 47 years. He celebrated his 96th birthday in July and is one of the few surviving World War II veterans still with us.

It is our privilege to honor Master Sgt. Ted Kampf and recognize him for his exemplary service and sacrifice to America, and to each of us. Thank you Master Sgt. Ted Kampf for your incredible example to us all!

We honor you, Ted Kampf.

(Submission written by: Dan Short)

Lt Col Fred Durant Bartleson Jr.

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Fred served in the Air Force in Headquarters, 315th Air Division. In addition to being awarded the Purple Heart, Captain Bartleson was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) by distinguishing himself under heavy mortar and recoilless rifle fire during a Viet Cong attack on Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam on 13 April 1966. Although wounded in the left leg by shrapnel, Captain Bartleson refused medical aid and continued to supervise the remove of aircraft. In doing so, he saved seven C-130 aircraft from destruction.

We honor you, Fred Bartleson Jr.

(#Repost @National Purple Heart Hall of Honor)

Maj George E. Day

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On 26 August 1967, Col. Day was forced to eject from his aircraft over North Vietnam when it was hit by ground fire. His right arm was broken in 3 places, and his left knee was badly sprained. He was immediately captured by hostile forces and taken to a prison camp where he was interrogated and severely tortured. After causing the guards to relax their vigilance, Col. Day escaped into the jungle and began the trek toward South Vietnam. Despite injuries inflicted by fragments of a bomb or rocket, he continued southward surviving only on a few berries and uncooked frogs. He successfully evaded enemy patrols and reached the Ben Hai River, where he encountered U.S. artillery barrages. With the aid of a bamboo log float, Col. Day swam across the river and entered the demilitarized zone. Due to delirium, he lost his sense of direction and wandered aimlessly for several days. After several unsuccessful attempts to signal U.S. aircraft, he was ambushed and recaptured by the Viet Cong, sustaining gunshot wounds to his left hand and thigh. He was returned to the prison from which he had escaped and later was moved to Hanoi after giving his captors false information to questions put before him. Physically, Col. Day was totally debilitated and unable to perform even the simplest task for himself. Despite his many injuries, he continued to offer maximum resistance. His personal bravery in the face of deadly enemy pressure was significant in saving the lives of fellow aviators who were still flying against the enemy. Col. Day’s conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Armed Forces.

We honor you, George Day.

(#Repost @Congressional Medal of Honor Society)

Robert Evans

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Robert served in the Air Force from 1968-1990. Robert was stationed at Georgia AFB where he was an Aircraft Hydraulic Repairman and Shop Foreman. Robert also spent time in Thailand and Vietnam. When it came time to retire from his military career, it was from Hill AFB in Utah. Thank you, Robert, for your service and dedication to your Country as well as your fellow man.

We honor you, Robert Evans.

(Submission written by: Lisa Mead, American Legion Post 112)

Arlo Winrow

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Arlo served in the Air Force in Yuma during the Korean War in 1954 as a Flyer Search and Rescue. He also spent some time in France and he was well acquainted with the Base Commander there. Arlo has since taken his son, Rick, back to Yuma to show him his old stomping grounds and to show him where places were. Rick recalls this experience as “priceless.”

We honor you, Arlo Winrow.

(Submission written by: Lisa Mead, American Legion Post 112)

Raymond “Lars” Larson

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Lars completed one year of active duty and six years in the Reserves (1957-1963). Lars was an OR Tech (Surgeons Assistant) during the time he spent in the military. Lars went on to invent and patent the first soft box which has been a great contribution to the photography industry.

We honor you, Raymond Larson.

(Submission written by: Lisa Mead, American Legion Post 112)

Jim Ballard

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Jim served in the Air Force from 1968-1972. Jim was stationed at the International Guard, Shepard AFB, Airport #2, 130th EIS Squadron. Jim repaired teletype machines, which scrambled Top Secret messages.

We honor you, Jim Ballard.

(Submission written by: Lisa Mead, American Legion Post 112)