Kinston POW Advocate, Vietnam Veteran Ted Sampley Dies

Vietnam War veteran who led a fight to force Vietnam to release or explain what happened to prisoners of war or missing U.S. troops has died.

Former Green Beret Ted Sampley died Tuesday on his way to the VA Medical Center in Durham after experiencing problems from a recent heart surgery.

He was 62.

Garner Funeral Home in Kinston confirmed his death but said a funeral has not been scheduled.

Sampley was honorably discharged in 1973, and became an advocate for POWs about 10 years later.

He led the National Steering Committee for American War Veterans, whose efforts included searching for human remains in Vietnam in 1998. Members also left packages at the Laotian Embassy for POWs they believed were being held captive in Laos.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 5, 2009 at 03:07 PM
    I grew up in Ktown also. I didn't personally know Ted, but I have spoken to him in passing by on the street. I never knew all his accomplishments until I read his obituary.A great man is gone and I'm sure he will be missed by all.
  • by wanda Location: kinston on May 14, 2009 at 08:42 PM
    Ted was a man of honor he spoke his opion and did it honestly. He was always kind and did alot to make Kinston proud.He will be greatly missed
  • by Carm Location: Bayboro on May 14, 2009 at 11:05 AM
    I grew up in Kinston, Didn't know him though. I have heard his name hundreds of times. I know my parents thought alot of him and many other people. Bless his family.
  • by jojo on May 13, 2009 at 07:37 PM
    Ted will be missed!
  • by ED Location: HOOKERTON on May 13, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    Taps for one of the greatest men the U.S. has ever known. He was a true warrior and a true historian. He loved the U.S. and he loved his southern heritage. Many men could use him for example as a proven Hero. 4 bronze stars in Vietnam. He did many things for many people with out praise or publicity.He was a man among men! May god comfort his family and his friends we will miss him! TAPS!
  • by greg Location: gville on May 13, 2009 at 05:54 PM
    A true American hero
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