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Captain Alfred E. Campagne

United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, July 6, 1969

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Reflections for Captain Alfred E. Campagne

Amazing information from CSM Briones on the death of Capt. Campagne 50 years after the fact. I feel an identity and actual disposition of his assailent might be in order. Perhaps some additional research might produce more information. I am able to recall Joe Briones promotion to Sgt from his work on the MP Desk, but actually was unaware of his involvement in the Captain's death or it had faded from memory with time. If CSM Briones would like to contact me direct, feel free ([email protected]).

Sp 4 Al Ritter (retired OHP trooper)
526 MP Co. 1968-1969

February 15, 2018

I was assigned as a member of the 126th MP Co, Fort Meade, Md, Unit 316 the night Captain Champagne was killed. Ironically the call came to me to investigate, and take the report from the complainant. Captain Champagne and his driver were to back us up.

My assignment was unique where I road with a Anne Arundel County Deputy Sheriff. Our patrol unit was equipped with a County Radio, and Ft. Meade Provost Marshall MP Radio. The Deputy Sheriff, a 16 year Veteran in Law Enforement handled all civilian incidents, and I handled all Military incidents backing each other up, our patrol area was a strip of bars called "Boom Town" filled with assaults, robberies, shootings, drugs, and prostitution.

I was dispatched from our MP Dispatcher, Sp 4 Al Ritter to investigate the complaint, but I wrote the address incorrectly by one number. We past the Military Housing address (apartment complex) and went around the back of the complex where we ran into an off duty MP Desk Sargent. After a short discussion of our dispatch my partner, the Desk Sargent, and I heard a shot, and it sounded close. At arrival of where the shot came from I noticed Captain Champagne (my MP shift duty officer, and had never met him before) laying on the ground face up with a chest wound. I started to treat the wound the best I could, advised dispatch of the incident, requesting medical aid, and knowing that the shooter hadn't gotten to far.

My partner and I proceeded to hunt the suspect without any success. Within minutes Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies; County, State, 126th MP Co, 526 MP Bn, post Fire Department, CID and FBI were involved, we hunted for the suspect for about 14 hours before giving up. Most of my time was spent with the FBI going over the incident over, and over, and over, from July 6th 2100 hrs. until July 7th 1000 hrs.

I separated Aug. 29, 1969, SGT E-5, while saying adios at the Provost Marshals Office one of our Desk Sergeants informed me that the FBI had captured the suspect in Baltimore, MD. for killing a Baltimore Policeman. If he's not dead, he's probably still in prison.

There's not a week that goes by that I don't think about this incident, and Captain Champagne, I always think that it could have been me (although I would have handled the situation differently).

RIP Captain Champagne, and forgive me for not being there for you.

SGT Joseph Briones (Retired CSM)
126th MP Company, 1st Army Corp. 1968 - 1969

February 14, 2018

I was Captain Champagne's radio operator (dispatcher) the night he was killed. He was our MP shift's duty officer and we hadn't met prior to that night so I recall it was his first time as the post police D.O. Not long after his death I left the 526 MP Co. for Viet Nam and never learned if his killer was apprehended. Does anyone know the results of the investigation of his murder?

Sp 4 Al Ritter (retired OHP trooper)
526 MP Co. 1968-1969

February 11, 2018

Was thinking about you when I was missing my dad. My father often spoke of you, your family, your case. He was in Army CID at Fort Meade. Before he passed away, he donated his case notes to the museum at Fort Meade. He was very proud that he was able to get justice for you.
He talked often of your wife and son...and prayed they were doing well.
Anyway I am rambling. I remember your sacrifice and service and will never forget it.

civilian Denise Robinson
father was in Army CID

August 16, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

July 15, 2015

Rest In Peace Captain Campagne, your service and sacrifce is remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

July 6, 2014

Bro, Just wanted to let you know your son has done well and would have made you proud. See you soon.

Gary Campagne
Brother

April 25, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 43rd anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

December 30, 2012

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 15, 2012

Officer Campagne, Just letting you know that you have not been forgotten and thank you for the Sacrifice that you gave.

Tammy Persin
Mother of Fallen Military Police Officer
PFC Brian Thomas Gleason
8/9/2000

July 9, 2007

Capt. Campagne,
On today, the 38th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

Anonymous

July 6, 2007

Captain Campagne you are a hero. It has been thirty-seven years since the end of your watch and you are still remembered. Thank you for your service to your country and your fellowman. Rest in peace my brother.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

July 6, 2006

You are not forgotten............Semper Fi.

AZ Narc
Yuma SO

August 26, 2005

Rest in peace, you made a difference.


Former U.S. Army Military Policeman 1979-1982

Officer Don Hurley
Eloy, Az. Police Dept.

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