A life of service

In Memoriam: DO Army Captain died in a helicopter crash in Egypt during a peacekeeping mission

Capt. Seth Vernon Vande Kamp, DO, age 31, was on his first overseas posting with the Army.

Capt. Seth Vernon Vande Kamp, DO, 31, died Nov. 12 in a helicopter crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, according to his obituary and news reports.

The helicopter crashed during a routine mission, killing seven individuals on board, according to WFAA, which noted that though an investigation into the crash is underway, there is currently no evidence that the helicopter was attacked.

Dr. Vande Kamp graduated from A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017. The information below is reposted from his obituary:

“[Dr. Vande Kamp] was commissioned into the Army when he started medical school, and he completed his residency at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia, in June of 2020. He was a board-certified physician in family medicine, and the assignment to Egypt was [his] first overseas posting.

“[Dr. Vande Kamp] had an adventurous and generous heart, and he made friends wherever he went. He shared his love for long guns and good whisky with many during travels that took him from Hawaii to the Netherlands, from Alaska to Nicaragua and beyond. [Dr. Vande Kamp] is survived by his parents, Kevin and Val, sister, Erica (Donald) Roth, brother Ryan (Michal), five nieces and nephews, grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, colleagues and friends who will all miss him dearly.”

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