Gary Lynn Campen

Company C 1/22 Infantry

4th Infantry Division

KIA February 5, 1968



Home of Record: Washougal, WA
Date of birth: 03/18/1947
Service: Army of the United States (Drafted)
Grade at loss: E3 Rank: Private First Class
MOS: 11B10: Infantryman
Start Tour: 11/22/1967
Incident Date: 02/05/1968
Casualty Date: 02/05/1968
Age at Loss: 20
Location: Kontum Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Multiple fragmentation wounds

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Gary Campen was killed in action during the Battle of Kontum City, Tet Offensive 1968,
at grid reference AR797917, approximately 3 kilometers north/northeast of Kontum airfield.




PFC Gary L. Campen's decorations




Gary Campen at the Golden Gate Bridge




Viet War takes life of soldier

The first victim of the Vietnam war from Washougal, Pfc. Gary L. Campen, 20, was killed in action last Monday afternoon,
the Army reported Thursday. The soldier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon M. Campen, Rt. 1, Box 452, Washougal,
reportedly died of shrapnel wounds received on a combat operation, while engaged in a fire-fight with enemy.
He was serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.. Campen's death brought to 25
the number of members of the armed forces with Clark County ties to die in Vietnam - five more than the 20 killed in the Korean War.
A former student at Washougal High School, Campen entered the Army last year and went to Vietnam
in late November after training at Ft. Lewis.

(The Columbian, Vancouver WA, 9 Feb 1968)


Thanks to Darilee Bednar for the above information. Taken from the website:




Gary Campen at Fort Lewis




Gary is buried in the Washougal Cemetery, Washougal, Washington.


Gary L. Campen's grave marker





Photos of Gary Campen courtesy of his brother Lowell












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