Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Policeman Ian J. Campbell

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, March 9, 1963

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Reflections for Policeman Ian J. Campbell

I was not even 1 yr old when you were killed. Yet, as I approach my 29th year in law enforcement, each time I make a night time vehicle stop I reflect on the story of "the onion field".

I have trained many new officers and the story of the nights events that led to you and Officer hettingers ordeal is mandatory learning for my trainees.

The biggest tribute to your memory is knowing that, even after death, you are still riding in that black & white, giving guidance to new young officers. Thank you and wear your badge with pride.

Detective Dennis Houser
San Bernardino Police Dept.

August 19, 2011

We were four; you (Scotty), Gene (The Beast) Goldberg,
Dave (the Thin Man) Townsend and myself (Yogi). Just Dave and I are left. We honor your life and service, yet mourn your death. Also, in our hearts is your mother, Chrissie.
She was a great lady. When we took a week-end in L.A., she
did our laundry for us. She would sew little reg crosses in my
scivvies.....to ward off evil. God Bless Her !

When Joe Wambaugh was writing "The Onion Field" he called
me. I sent him some anecdotal material, which he used in the book, and also snapshops of us four, while in Hawaii and in California.

Ralph L. Savini
Marine Corps Service w/Ian

June 14, 2011

Thinking of you and your loved ones on the 48th anniversary of your end of watch on earth. I apologize for being a couple of days late as I was not feeling well. You have touched many lives and as always this country can never thank you enough for your service and sacrifice. Rest well in the arms of our loving God.

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want;
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for His name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the
Lord forever.

Psalm 23

Brandon J. Sullivan - Retired
Detroit PD

March 10, 2011

Thinking of you today. Much love and respect.

Andrea
grand-daughter

March 9, 2011

We still remember you and keep you in our heart. I hope after all these years your family has been able to live in peace.

DII Vic Corella-
LAPD(Ret.)

March 9, 2011

Officer Campbell,
Rest in peace brother.

Detective Dave Howell
Plano,Texas Police Dept-Auto Theft

March 9, 2011

Officer Campbell,
I recently read "The Onion Field"...and, was blown away. To be so young, and gave your life in the line of duty is to be respected and commended. My heart goes out to your family...I'm still numb and aghast that the reason the criminal did it was so incredibly selfish. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers....God bless and keep you and your family, Officer Campbell....

Genita Love
Private citizen

March 3, 2011

Semper fi, Officer Campbell

Michael Gile
Retired Marine

January 29, 2011

Your spirit has been on my mind a lot lately. I know that you're resting peacefully looking over us. You were taken from all of us way too soon and have missed out on meeting so many wonderful people that have come into our family since you left. I know that you're watching from above though and are proud of all that your family has created and accomplished.

I love you.

Andrea
Granddaughter

October 27, 2010

Officer Ian Campbell will always be remembered as one who gave his life in dedication to public safety. I hope that he did not suffer too much in his last hours of life. Another example of the senselessness of murder and the pain it causes those left behind.

Anonymous

August 25, 2010

"It's not fair that you died so young,
Like a story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away,
I wonder who you would have been today"

John Ranger
Your cousin

July 6, 2010

Eternal be your memory. So long ago taken so young, and yet we remember you well.

Anonymous

June 28, 2010

I watched a special on TV last night about Officer Campbell and his partner and decided to look on this site to read for myself the facts. The reflections are beautiful words of love and memories. I read where there is a great grand child named after Officer Campbell. Always an honor. Our son was a deputy with Kern County out of Bakersfield/Taft and I am really encouraged to know that he will never be forgotten when I read reflections such as the ones here. RIP Officer Ian Campbell. We will always remember and honor your service. Mother of Deputy Daniel L. Archuleta.

Anonymous

June 14, 2010

I remember the book very well and I have several members of my family who are retired Law Enforcement Officers. This evening I reached a level in the online game Farmville where I could plant onions. I planted my fields in memory of the officers who suffered at the hands of the criminals, and we in my family will never forget them. We support the death penalty and we support the families of all fallen officers, as we have one in our family. Even though I was only five years old when the Onion Field incident happened, I can't really be close friends with anyone who does not understand the tremendous job Law Enforcement does to protect us from criminals. I try super hard to be a good citizen and to make cops jobs easier. We all owe you a debt of gratitude and good will that we never can repay, no matter the pensions, the overtime, whatever. Be comforted that you have many supporters in the community.

Anonymous

May 28, 2010

I remember reading and later seeing "The Onion Field" years ago and I have never forgotten the story. Ian, your name will be remembered. You died so young, but even so you represent goodness and duty in this world.

Anonymous

March 27, 2010

I am handicapped as a result of cerebral palst and blindnes. I am taking a class in street safety for handicapped and challenged people. I first learned about the murder of Ian Campbell after watching a documentary about it on television. And I have often wondered since then if there was anything that could have been done and whether the police department in Los Angles really knew how dangerous the perpetrators of this crime were. Although I think that more could have been done for both officers I understand that although our justice system is not perfect it is the best that we will ever have.

Laveau Truth
Private Citizen

March 15, 2010

God Bless.

Sgt. B. Burton
Ft. Wayne In.

March 11, 2010

To the family of Officer Ian Campbell:

On the 47th anniversary of your loved ones tragic and senseless death, I wish to pay honor and utmost respect to Officer Campbell. His bravery, integrity and the service he gave to the citizens of this nation will never be forgotten no matter how many years may pass. This is obvious from the numerous pages of reflections left on his memorial page. Please know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers and I pray to God that you find comfort through his memory. What a great man he must have been to have raised such a loving close knit family. To Andrea, I hope you are doing well and I am still honored and touched for you taking the time to email me to let me know how your family is doing a few years back. I will be lighting a memorial candle this weekend at my church in his memory. May Officer Campbell sleep eternally in the loving arms of God. I would like to share this poem that has given me strength when I lost my father and hope it will give you some comfort as well. God bless you all.

Remember Me

To the living, I am gone
To the sorrowful, I will never return
To the angry, I was cheated
But to the happy, I am at peace.

And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot speak, but I can listen.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.

So as you stand upon a shore,
Gazing at a beautiful sea,
Remember me.

As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity,
Remember me.

Remember me in your hearts, your thoughts
and your memories of the times we loved,
the times we cried, the times we fought,
the times we laughed.

For if you always think of me, I will never have gone.

Brandon J. Sullivan - Retired
Detroit Police Department - Detroit, Michigan

March 9, 2010

You and your family are in my thoughts today, the 47th anniversary of your EOW. God bless you. Sleep well Marine!

Anonymous

March 9, 2010

Dear Officer Campbell, thank you for your service to mankind. You will never be forgotten.


"Those we love remain with

us, for love itself lives on.

And cherished memories

never fade because a

loved one’s gone.

Those we love can never

be more than a thought apart.

For as long as there

is memory they’ll

live on in the

heart".

Anonymous

March 9, 2010

"It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one - no matter where he lives or what he does - can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on and on in this country of ours." Robert F. Kennedy

Rest in peace sir.

Scott Moore

Anonymous

March 9, 2010

Officer Campbell,

Rest in peace brother.

Detective Dave Howell
Plano,Texas Police Dept-Auto Theft

March 9, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 9, 2010

You can continue to rest in peace. Your killer is still behind bars where he belongs and we don't have to go through the headache of a parole hearing for another 3 years.

You are always thought of and remembered by many.

Andrea
Grand-daughter

January 31, 2010

Well it looks like Justice wins again, I really have a hard time understanding why a Life-Sentence is always questioned. God's blessings I pray for the Campbell family. This Hero lives on in our memories.

Pat Carruth
Mother of Jeremy "Jay" Carruth EOW 2/20/03

January 28, 2010

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