John Alda Kemp

Army of the United States
03 February 1940 - 08 August 1966
Mullens, WV
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John A Kemp

Army Aviator

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Alda Kemp

20 Dec 2002

In July 1965, John A. Kemp was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Artillery, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

By October 1965, he was a Forward Air Controller assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 23rd Artillery Group, 1st Field Force, in the Republic of Vietnam. A rated aviator, he flew the O-1 Birddog.

Although not assigned to the 32nd Field Artillery at the time of his death,
Captain John Alda Kemp is remembered by his friends in the 32nd Field Artillery.

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the 32nd Field Artillery

A memorial initiated by a fellow "Proud American",
Richard Andrews

20 Jul 2003


by a cousin,
W. Howard McAlister

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John A Kemp

John A. Kemp graduated from the Military Academy with the Class of 1961. Commissioned into the artillery, he completed training as an Air Defense Artillery Officer and served with the 65th Artillery Regiment. In late 1964 he was assigned to pilot training; after designation as an Army Aviator in 1965 he was assigned to the 2nd Bn, 32nd Field Arty, at Fort Sill. Shortly thereafter he received orders to HHB, 23rd Artillery Group, in Vietnam.

He flew the O-1 Birddog in-country as an airborne artillery spotter. Early on 08 Aug 1966, about ten months into his tour, Captain Kemp departed from the Phu Loi airport to provide artillery support for a truck convoy from Bien Hoa to Xuan Loc. He was never heard from again.

Eight months passed before the wreckage of the O-1 was found, and with it Captain Kemp's remains. His aircraft had been shot down.

John Kemp was buried on 11 April 1967 in the Post Cemetery at West Point. Twentythree years later, on 18 May 1990, he was awarded the Purple Heart ... correcting an omission derived from an error on the original casualty report issued on 7 April 1967, which listed his death as a non-battle casualty.

NOTE: Captain Kemp's Home of Record is carried, incorrectly, in the DoD casualty file as "Mullens, Virginia". While we have displayed the proper HoR information here, other sources no doubt will continue to reflect the incorrect HoR information.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow "Proud American",
Rich Andrews 
21 Dec 2002

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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