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

Your honor, your service and your memory should never be forgotten.. Peace to your family and friends.

Carl Toersbijns Deputy Warden (Retired)
Arizona & New Mexico Corrections Dept.

October 11, 2011

May we Never forget LAPD Officer's Ian J. Campbell and Karl Hettinger. The remaining convicted Killer, Gregory Ulas Powell Should NOT be granted any mercy OR Parole, period. We as citizens should speak out when such killers come up for parole. This was a Terrible Crime against those who are sworn to protect and who serve. We as tax payers deserve the right to see vicious killers such as Powell die without mercy. Life imprisonment was too good for Powell and his fellow killer, Jimmy Lee Smith! May God Bless the families of Officer Ian Campbell and Karl Hettinger-(Who suffered so many years). Let us Never forget what they gave to Protect and to serve. Mr. Powell should be Not be released. May God have mercy on his Soul. I know God is with Officer's Campbell and Karl Hettinger. May they live in our hearts and Always be remembered. Let us Never forget..!
A Friend.

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Friend To Law Enforcement

October 8, 2011

We will not let this hearing go by without family there. Over the past 30 years, your voice has been represented at any hearing in which Powell has been considered for release. Once again, I will be attendance in Sacramento on Oct 18, 2011 to be another voice against this travesty. Powell needs to die in prison where he should have died 48 years ago.
Your loving niece,

Pat -
niece of Ian J Campbell

October 7, 2011

I am thinking of you always, but mostly tonight. I read this article and I instantly wanted (and still) to cry. This man ended your life and took you away from us, your family. It is appalling to me that he may be walking free soon. I am wishing that justice is upheld.

Much love!

Andrea Monzi

October 7, 2011

I remember reading about the murder in the LATimes . Later (1985) I read that gregory Powell was up for a parole hearing. I sent a letter to the Board Of Prisons asking that the parole not be granted. I will write every time I hear of a parole hearing for Powell. I am 78 years old and sorry to say that Powell is of my generation. God Bless our Police men.

Louise Dipre
a grateful citizen

October 4, 2011

For your 80th birthday, August, 21st, 2011 I want to thank you for your honorful service at the LAPD.
You are living eternal in heaven.
May our lord give you His peace and His eternal light shine upon you.

Ralf Borowsky, teacher in Germany
Secondary school Bassum Northgermany

August 24, 2011

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 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,
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.


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-

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


March 9, 2010

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