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John C. Kimpel

John C. Kimpel

John C. KimpelResidence: Shawnee

Age: 96

Branch: Army

Rank: Private

Job duty: Rifleman

Highlight of an experience or memory from WWII: He was with the 44th Armored Infantry Brigade. He enlisted in August 1944, arriving in England in January 1945. After crossing the English Channel into France, his unit traveled to Germany (mostly walking). On March 3, 1945, he was struck by German shelling. He spent the remainder of his service in military hospitals Birmingham, England; Modesto, California; and Camp Carson, Colorado, with shrapnel wounds to his legs, feet, wrist and arm. The most recent piece of shrapnel was removed when he had a right knee replacement on Jan. 7, 2008. He received a Purple Heart, WWII Victory Ribbon, EAME (Europe, Africa, Middle East) Ribbon and Bronze Star. He received his medical discharge Dec. 14, 1945. He was a longtime resident of Overland Park and is currently living in Shawnee.