OBITUARY

COL Eugene C. Camp, U.S. Army (ret.)

July 14, 1920January 17, 2013

COL Eugene Clark Camp, U.S. Army (ret.), age 92, died January 17, 2013. He was born on July 14, 1920 in Ft. Worth, TX to Walter Pollard Camp and Mona Clark Camp. He graduated from Paschal High School and moved to California where he joined the Coastal Artillery of the California National Guard in 1940. By November 1940 his unit was activated and sent to Pearl Harbor. He was an Anti-aircraft gun sergeant at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He would later attend OCS in the Fiji Islands and end WWII as an Infantry Company Commander. He remained in the Army after the war and eventually was one of the first advisors in Vietnam. He would serve over 32 years of active duty before retiring on March 31, 1973. His last duty assignment was as the G-1 of 5th Army at Ft. Sam Houston. He earned three Legions of Merit, two bronze stars the Combat Infantryman’s badge and numerous other awards, campaign ribbons and certifications and was inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame in 2007. After he retired, he became very active in the Shriner’s Children Hospital in Houston, often driving children and their parents to Houston for free treatment. He initiated with some of his WWII era friends a Saturday morning ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) group which met every week at Jim’s. He is a past president of the San Antonio Pearl Harbor Survivors chapter and remained active to the end.

While his military career was the highlight of his professional life, the highlight of his life was his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle. He is survived by the love of his life, his bride of 68 years, Margaret; daughter, Carolyn Lennox (Tom) of Burke, VA; son, Greg Camp (Joanie) of Columbus, GA; grandchildren, Tim (Grace), Todd (Sandy), Scott (Jessica), Elizabeth, Matt (Seema) and Jennifer; nephew, Phil (Val) and eight beautiful great-grandchildren.

Visitations will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Sunset Funeral Home. The Graveside Service will be 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make a donation to the Shriner’s Children Hospital http://donate2shc.org/ PLEASE RUN WITH THE SUNSET (AUSTIN HWY) LOGO

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  • Graveside Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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COL Eugene C. Camp, U.S. Army (ret.)

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David Hendren

March 18, 2013

Although I didn't know, I am sure my father did. He was with the 251st from Pearl Harbor to Bougainville.And may very well have attended OCS with Gene on Fiji. He was the XO of Battery C on Bougainville. My Daad didn't talk of that time much. Through Gene's writings I got to know some of the horrors my Dad went through.They were a tough breed. My condolences. David Hendren

Harve Hagerty

February 8, 2013

While we knew him only briefly and mostly through our association with the ROMEO group, Pat and I had great admiration for Gene and members of his family we met. I felt akin to him as a soldier and an officer because we came up in similar ways. We have a copy of one of the stories he wrote; about a humorous adventure he had while a Lt. during WWII. It described how he and a Navy friend borrowed the Colonel's fishing boat and equipment, went to an island lacking drinking water, went swimming on the other side, lost communications with their home base, and returned to their boat to find that it had washed out to sea with the tide. Rescued by a native boatman, they finally got back, made their apologies to the Colonel and went off to determine if there would be a Report of Survey and how much they would have to pay. Since it was war time, supply wrote it off as a loss at sea. When we think of Gene, we will remember that story. He came up the hard way, did what he had to do and in so doing helped make the, "..greatest generation..", great. May the memory of his life, the love he shared with you, and the Love and Comfort of God sustain you.

January 27, 2013

My late husband, Richard Farley, always thought of Col. Gene Camp as one of his uncles. Gene and Margaret both were considered extended family among the Farleys, and I will always remember Gene's quick, sinsere smile and easy laughter whenever we were around him. He was a great patriot and a wonderful man. Lana Farley (San Antonio, TX)

Frank Lumpkin

January 27, 2013

we are so sorry for your loss.
The Lumpkin Family, Columbus, Ga.

January 24, 2013

Gene was a special part of our lives and it was our honor and pleasure to have known him. John and Carol Keith

Alex G. Prochnow

January 23, 2013

Gene you sent me a letter on Dec. 12, 2012, stating "let,s keep in touch". I am sadden we were not able to do so. A fellow Pearl Harbor survior. Alex G. Prochnow.

Pam & David Malley

January 23, 2013

We are so saddened by the news of Col. Camp's passing. He and Mrs. Camp have been such good neighbors and we will miss our visits with him. Please know that your family is in our prayers during this difficult time.

Ilene Kent

January 23, 2013

Deepest condolences, Greg, on the passing of your Dad. He is forever etched in history having served at Pearl Harbor - and beyond. We know how much he meant to you. - Ilene and Thomas

Senator Leticia Van de Putte, R.Ph.

January 22, 2013

Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved. There are never any right words to express how deeply sad I am for the pain your family is enduring at this difficult time.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I am sincerely thankful for his valiant service in defense of our rights and freedom.

His commitment to family, friends, our community, and to serving our great nation leaves a wonderful legacy. May the love and the wonderful memories you shared with him help you when you need it most. He will never be forgotten, and your family will be remembered in my prayers.

Jack Willome

January 22, 2013

I went to high school with Greg in Junction City and remember meeting Col Camp when visitng their home at Fort Riley. My condolences to the family in the loss of this fine man.