HM2 MICHAEL RICHARD KEMPEL
Born on July 22, 1948
from CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO
Casualty was on Aug. 27, 1970
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
Panel 7W--Row 17
Mike 3/5 Corpsmen Jim Bachelder and Mike Kempel
(right) on Hill 52
Michael Kempel served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines,
Mike Company. His name stands proudly on the Mike 3/5 Wall
of Honor alongside his Marines. Semper Fi, Doc. We will never forget.
Kempel was killed above "Finger Lake" which was just above
Liberty Bridge. He lost his life going to the aid of a brother
Marine. In all the commotion, he could have stayed where he was and
been safe. But he didn't hesitate. That was the type guy Mike was.
~Capt. Randy Pelt, M/3/5
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Company Corpsmen at the BAS in An Hoa (l to r) Mike Kempel, Les Wiken, Jim
Bachelder (front center), Mike Evans, Doug Tollefson, and "Spud."
Kempel's Silver Star Citation, awarded posthumously, 33 yrs. later
Shadow box of Michael's medals (put together by Curtis Eidson) presented
to Mike's parents, Dick and Peg Kempel and their son, Dennis by Michael's
former captain, Randy Pelt.
clipping of Michael's Silver Star to be awarded
Kempel's Silver Star Award Ceremony 26 October 2003
In Memory of Michael Kempel
and Cadeuces graphic by Joe Boydell