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John W. Kampschneider KIA
Honoring John who died in the service of his country.

This website was created by the nieces and nephews to honor John W. Kampschneider for his service to our country, as part of the Veterans Memory Park in Dodge, NE.

He leaves a legacy of bravery and dedication to the service of his country - to preserve a way of life for friends and relatives who knew him and generations to come

                     Pfc JOHN WILLIAM KAMPSCHNEIDER
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                                             23RD INFANTRY REGIMENT
                                                            G CO 2 BN
                                                            US ARMY

                                                        KILLED IN ACTION
                                              HEARTBREAK RIDGE-KOREA     
                                         DATE OF LOSS:  SEPTEMBER 16, 1951

                                                   BORN: JANUARY 31, 1926
                                                       DODGE, NEBRASKA

                                                        BURIAL LOCATION 
                                         SACRED HEART CEMETERY, OLEAN
                                                RURAL DODGE, NEBRASKA    


     John W. Kampschneider entered the US Army on November 29, 1950.  He received his basic training at Ft. Riley, Kansas and later at Ft. Eustis, Virginia.  He left for Korea from Washington State on April 17, 1951.  Upon arrival at Japan, he was put in the Infantry and sent to Korea in mid May.
      John gave up his life as he was "killed in action" in the Korean Conflict on September 16, 1951 at Heartbreak Ridge performing heroic service for his country, the USA.  He received multiple body wounds from fragments of an enemy mortar shell while defending his Company positions in the vicinity of Satae-ri, N Korea.  John was a hero and for his bravery and actions was awarded the Purple Heart, Korean Service Ribbon with a Bronze Service Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the UN Service Medal.  The Gold Star Lapel Button was awarded to his mother.     
     His mother was notified of his death on September 26, 1951.  A uniformed soldier came into Dodge and inquired at one of the local business places as to where Mrs. Theresia Kampschneider lived.  They gave him directions.  And of course they all knew what he wanted although he did not say.  
     The uniformed soldier came to Grandma Theresia's back door in the morning as she was in her kitchen washing dishes in the sink.  While looking out of her east window, she saw him.  She immediately knew what he wanted.  He had come to deliver her the telegram that John was killed in action on the 16th of September.  But the family was already suspicious that something was wrong.  Several friends in Dodge had gotten letters back from John stamped deceased.  No other notice at this time and it caused concern.  Also they had not gotten any letters for awhile.  She hoped it was an error.
     When the soldier gave her the telegram, he was very cordial and saddened,  He also stayed with Grandma until some of the family came to be with her before he left.
      His body arrived by train from San Francisco, California to North Bend, Nebraska where it was met by the Dodge veterans organization in uniform.  The body was then transported to Dodge with Humlicek Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  Mass and burial took place on January 2, 1952 at Sacred Heart, Olean. 

     John's memorabilia is displayed in the Veterans Building in Dodge, Nebraska.   



           
                                              IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
          
                                  Private First Class John W. Kampschneider

                              WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY

                                             in the military operations in Korea  

                                                   on September 16, 1951  

       HE STANDS IN THE UNBROKEN LINE OF PATRIOTS WHO HAVE DARED TO DIE  

            THAT FREEDOM MIGHT LIVE, AND GROW, AND INCREASE ITS BLESSINGS. 

                                  FREEDOM LIVES, AND THROUGH IT, HE LIVES--

                     IN A WAY THAT HUMBLES THE UNDERTAKINGS OF MOST MEN


                                                                             Harry Truman
                                                                             PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA       





                    


                  THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

                    TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE PRESENTS, GREETING:  

                                             THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT   
                    THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA      
                                        AUTHORIZED BY ORDER OF
                       GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON, AUGUST 7, 1782
                                                    HAS AWARDED
                                                   (POSTHUMOUSLY)
                                    THE PURPLE HEART
                                     
TO   
         Private First Class John W. Kampschneider, 55 051 489, Infantry

                                                          FOR
                                     WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION 
                                
  resulting in his death 16 September 1951

                      GIVEN UNDER MY HAND IN THE CITY OF WASHINGTON       
                              THIS          24TH        DAY OF       OCTOBER   1951   


               N Bergen                                                       Frank Pace Jr.
                                                                                      Secretary of War 
   

  
                               
     

       

              

                

 

  
          
                                                                 
      

  
 



  



 
       

     
 
         
  

  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kevin Kampschneider on 26th March 2015

"I'm so proud to say Johnny Kampschneider was and still is my Uncle.  Each time I read his stories and letters they make me smile and feel like I know him just a little more, and maybe I'm in some ways a little like him.  Thank You all for your time and research into his history.  

Kevin John Kampschneider"

This tribute was added by Sue Hansen on 24th March 2015

"Thanks for sharing the information."

This tribute was added by Mary Svitak on 18th March 2015

"Thanks for the memories"


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